• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/14/2013
  • Club Name: Lexington Sunrise
  • Project Name: Rockbridge Area Health Center Education and Wellness Program
  • Project Total Expenditures: $4,385.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $2,192.50
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: Rockbridge Area Health Center (RAHC), located just north of Lexington, Virginia, is a community based nonprofit organization providing health care for the uninsured and underinsured residents in the Rockbridge area. This project will provide educational resources and the monitors on which they will be viewed in eight examination rooms and the patient waiting area at the RAHC. We will provide information to educate the patients about issues including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, children's health, cholesterolemia, obesity, cancer, dental care and hygiene, eye disease, nutrition, and exercise. Information will be digitally supplied through flash drives attached to each monitor. Health care practitioners will be able to access the infomation for specific patient diagnoses or they can let the pre-selected information play while the patient waits for the practitioner.
    Our goal is to improve the health of the patients at the RAHC by better educating them about their general health and their specific health conditions. This will complement the spoken word of the health care providers and improve the compliance of the patient to the instructions they are given.
  • This is the Club’s: Secondary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/2/2013
  • Expected End Date: 1/31/2014
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The RAHC is the primary health care provider for the uninsured and the underinsured in the Rockbridge area. The center provides over 6000 office visits every year and the demand continues to grow. While the center provides quality care, the health care providers have (as they do in private practice) a limited amount of time to educate the patients about either their specific diagnosis or general health recommendations. This education program will supplement the education provided by the health care providers. It will provide education about the most important health concerns of the day (listed above) while the patient is waiting to be seen. We will have a steady stream of education and advice on how to prevent disease and live a healthier lifestyle.
    The healthcare provider will also have the ability to display specific information directly related to the patient's own health care needs. By better understanding their specific condition, as displayed on these monitors, the patient will have a much greater chance of complying with the instructions of their health care provider. Whether it is the importance of eating a healthier diet, exercising more regularly, taking their medication regularly, cessation of smoking, or brushing and flossing regularly, these monitors will help improve the lives of all of the uninsured and underinsured patients that see them. Through this eduation we will have the chance to improve the health of this group of patients over 6000 times each and every year.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): A committee of Rotarians, working directly with RAHC personnel, will oversee and actively participate in all of the activities of this project, including:
    Purchase of monitors.
    Placement and installation of monitors in examination rooms and waiting area.
    Finding and reviewing the digital educational materials that will be played.
    Review of the program every 3 months on an on-going basis. We will review the content offered, new materials that are needed and/or available and recommend changes to the RAHC Executive Director.
    We will work with the Executive Director and those she designates, as well as members of the Clinic Services Committee of the RAHC to meet these objectives.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Notice of the initial placement of the monitors will be published in the local newspaper. We will put a notice about the project on the club's website and in the district newsletter. The Rotary Wheel will appear at regular intervals on the digital programming played on each of the monitors. It will be included in the screen image that explains that the monitors and programming are a gift to the patients of the RAHC from the members of the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club and a District 7570 Grant. This will be played at regular intervals as long as these monitors are in use at the Health Center.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: The only cooperating organization is the Rockbridge Area Health Center, 25 Northridge Lane, Lexington, VA 24450
  • Letter(s) of Participation: RAHC MOU.doc
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadClub Funds $2192.50
    Requested district grant amount $2192.5
    Total Funds $4385.00
  • Budget Upload:RAHC Budget Template-130309.xlsx
  • Primary Contact Name: Marc A. Hudson, O.D.
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Immediate Past President
  • Primary Contact Email: mahudsonod@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540 463-9350
  • Financial Contact Name: David Dugan
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Foundation Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    217 South Main St
    Lexington, VA 24450 View on Map
  • Financial Contact Email: davida.dugan@wfadvisors.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540 463-6237
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterRAHC authorization 001.jpg