FODAC chosen as Premier Cares Award finalist; Receives $24,000 for its unique program helping those in need
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children chosen as Premier Cares Award finalist; Receives $24,000 for its unique program helping those in need
STONE MOUNTAIN GA (XX January 2014) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) has been recognized by Premier, Inc. for providing home medical equipment to those needing short- and long-term care, including those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Representatives from FODAC were presented with a cash award of $24,000 during Premier’s annual Governance Education Conference, which took place in Miami Beach, Florida, 27 – 29 January.
FODAC was one of five organizations nationally recognized as a finalist for Premier’s 22nd annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award. The Cares Award, sponsored by Premier and its member hospitals, honors exemplary efforts by not-for-profit organizations to improve access to healthcare for the underserved.
“Each year our Cares Award program honors six organizations that are helping to care for a medically underserved population in their community,” said Susan DeVore, Premier’s president and CEO. “Through its remarkable services to help some of the most at-risk patients, FODAC is making a true impact on the quality of life for the patients it serves.”
Since it began 27 years ago, FODAC’s home medical equipment program has grown from a local church project serving the community by providing donated wheelchairs to those in need, to becoming an independent 501c3 organization with 20 community drop-off sites which collect the items that are then repaired, refurbished, sanitized and reissued to clients at little or no cost. In its fiscal year 2012-2013, 5,026 items were provided to more than 2,700 children and adults with a mobility disability – manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, walkers, bath aids, hospital beds and specialized pediatric home medical equipment.
For every $1 given to FODAC, $10 of services are provided to clients. This unique service model has been recognized by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America as a best practice example that should be replicated across the country. This past year, more than 2,700 children and adults were given the ability to continue attending school, keep a job, attend doctor’s appointments and church, prevent falls and become an active member of their community. Clients are given the ability to live a full and meaningful life, engaging in the community around them.
“FODAC’s main goal is to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have any type of illness or physical disability,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “Our selection as a Premier Cares finalist further validates our mission and is a testament to the tangible value and benefit we provide the disabled community. We are honored to be recognized for our work and grateful for this award that will help us continue our mission.”
A panel of national healthcare leaders selects the Premier Cares Award winner and five finalists, all of which receive cash awards for use in further improving their programs. The Cares Award program spotlights community-based healthcare initiatives and helps other organizations learn to replicate the best practice programs by featuring information about them on the Cares Award website.
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Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. For more information, visit www.fodac.org.
About the Premier Cares Award
Premier has presented the Cares Award annually since 1991, when it was created by Dr. Monroe E. Trout, former CEO of American Healthcare Systems, one of Premier’s heritage organizations. The program has provided more than $3 million to more than 100 organizations nationwide. The Cares Award winner receives a cash prize of $100,000, while five runners-up receive $24,000 each. The competition is open to not-for-profit organizations that have been in existence for more than two years, are providing creative solutions to health status improvement, can provide documentation of outcomes and impact on a specific population, and have programs that can be replicated in other communities.
About Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ:PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of more than 2,900 U.S. hospitals and nearly 100,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.
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