ELLWOOD CITY – The Ellwood City Community Health Foundation is looking to give back to the community, through grants and scholarships.
Their first donation was on Tuesday, when it presented checks totaling $57,772.10 to the Ellwood City Fire Department.
Foundation Executive Director E. William Matthews said the organization was once the Ellwood City Hospital Foundation, which raised funding to help support the former Ellwood City Medical Center.
Once the medical center was purchased by Americore Holdings in 2017, and became for-profit, the foundation was no longer allowed to give donations toward the former nonprofit hospital.
Matthews said from 2017-20, the foundation went through a process to become a separate nonprofit entity in order to raise and give donations back to the community, with the 2021 calendar year being the first year the new foundation began in earnest after being approved by the courts and the Internal Revenue Service.
He said it will be the foundation’s goal now is to give grants to organizations and departments in the health field, as well as scholarships to students who plan on studying or pursuing a career in the medical field.
The foundation’s work will cover Ellwood City and Lawrence and Beaver counties, as they were the areas that benefited from the former hospital, which has been closed for more than two years and under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
For the fire department, $5,900 was given to give the members physicals, $45,322.10 was given for new heart monitoring equipment, and $6,550 was given for supplies for the heart monitoring equipment.
Matthews said if any resident is willing to donate to the foundation, they can send them to P.O. Box 649, Ellwood City, PA, 15117.
Nicholas Vercilla is a staff reporter for the Ellwood City Ledger. He can be reached at [email protected].
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