The Willie Stargell Foundation on Monday presented a $50,000 grant to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation in support of continued dialysis care for those battling kidney disease. The presentation occurred in the Willie “Pops” Stargell Dialysis Unit at NHRMC.
NHRMC looks forward to adding “Team Willie,” a new hemodialysis machine and water purification system that will bring care directly to the emergency department and can be used throughout the hospital for emergency care. The funding will also support a nutritional program and provide continuing education opportunities for our nurses to help develop their skills in treating patients at every stage in their disease.
An additional $5,000 grant to NHRMC’s Willie Stargell Inpatient Pharmacy Fund will help patients in need receive necessary medications.
NHRMC President and CEO John Gizdic accepted the grant from Margaret Weller-Stargell, president of the Willie Stargell Foundation.
“Willie became a champion of ours when he was a patient here,” Gizdic said Monday. “He was impressive on the field and in this hospital where he worked to help support patients fighting kidney disease. We are grateful that Margaret has continued to carry that torch to bring high-quality care to patients in our region”
Monday’s event was held 17 years to the day after Willie Stargell passed away.
“While this is no occasion to celebrate, I take the significance of our check presentations being held on the actual day and date Willie passed away to signify we are demonstrating how the foundation is continuing to keep Willie’s legacy alive by giving resources to help others live a quality life with the disease that sadly claimed his,” said Margaret Weller-Stargell. “He would be proud. I am thankful to all who work so hard to fulfill the mission of the Willie Stargell Foundation.”
The pair of grants to NHRMC were part of a total of $165,000 the Willie Stargell Foundation awarded to organizations across the state for patient care and the fight against kidney disease.
For more information on ways to support NHRMC through the NHRMC Foundation, visit www.nhrmcfoundation.org or call 910-667-5002.