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Griffin Hospital Receives Make a Difference Grant

By Janet Maurice on 7/14/2015
KBE Building Corp. recently awarded Griffin Hospital a $1,500 grant to help individuals diagnosed with chronic Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) receive vital treatment and support.

The funds will be used to help patients in need get to-and-from their appointments at Griffin’s free CHF/COPD clinic where they are given a check-up, one-on-one consultation on their health condition and education on how they can control their condition. Griffin requested the grant after several patients skipped appointments because they could not find or afford transportation to the clinic.

“Heart failure and COPD are considered very serious conditions, but they can be managed with medications and healthy lifestyle changes, including exercise, reducing salt intake, managing stress and losing weight. With the right treatments, information and support patients can lessen the symptoms of CHF and COPD, maintain a good quality of life and live longer,” said Kathleen Martin, Vice President, Patient Safety and Care Improvement at Griffin Hospital.

“We are very grateful to receive this grant from KBE as we know it will directly help improve the lives of our patients.”

The grant is part of KBE’s 50 Ways to Make a Difference program. The Farmington, CT-headquartered construction firm started the 50 Ways philanthropic program in 2009 to provide charitable support for children, seniors, and military personnel and their families in communities throughout Connecticut and Maryland, where KBE has regional offices.

For more information about Griffin Hospital’s CHF/COPD clinic, visit griffinhealth.org.

Photo:  Griffin Hospital Vice President for Patient Safety and Care Improvement Kathleen Martin receives a $1,500 grant from Allan Kleban, VP of Business Development for KBE Building Corp.

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