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HaysMed Receives Kansas Health Foundation Grant

June 21, 2012

Hays, Kan. - HaysMed has been awarded a $7,093 grant through the Kansas Health Foundation's Recognition Grants program.  The grant will be administered by the HaysMed Foundation.

The grant will help support the M.I.L.K. "Maximize & Influence Lactation in Kansas" program.   The project will provide necessary support for new mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding with evidence based practice guidelines.  By enabling services of a lactation consultant at HaysMed, mothers during their hospital stay and after dismissal may receive optimal breastfeeding support and education.  

The grant was submitted by Laura Drees, BSN, MSN, a registered nurse at HaysMed.

"During the hospital stay at HaysMed, the lactation consultant will visit all postpartum mothers," stated Drees.  "Support and education will be initiated at this time and follow up consultations and appointments can be made after dismissal."

Recognition Grants expand the Kansas Health Foundation's support to a broad range of health-related organizations throughout the state. The program is targeted for organizations and agencies proposing meaningful and charitable projects that fit within the Foundation's mission of improving the health of all Kansans.

"Each year we are amazed at the incredible projects being done by organizations across Kansas," said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. "This grant program allows us to support these innovative and impactful community initiatives and recognize the groups and individuals making them a reality."

This spring, the Kansas Health Foundation provided nearly $1 million through this program to help organizations accomplish 50 different projects intended to improve the health and wellness of Kansans.  Using a competitive application process, the Foundation allocates up to $2 million each year for the Recognition Grants program. Application deadlines for the two cycles are March 15 and Sept. 15 each year. Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization using the money for charitable purposes and proposing a project meeting the Foundation's mission to improve the health of all Kansans is eligible.

About the HaysMed Foundation
The HaysMed Foundation seeks and manages all current and future charitable gifts for the benefit of HaysMed.  More information on the Foundation is available on their website, www.haysmedfoundation.org.

About the Kansas Health Foundation
The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.kansashealth.org.