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Stephens Community Healthcare Foundation Awards Grants

 The Stephens Community Healthcare Foundation Board recently voted to award three grants to local non-profits.  These grants support the community in attaining healthier lifestyles as part of Western Maine Health’s community outreach in addressing healthy eating and obesity initiatives.

Western Maine Health President and CEO, Timothy Churchill states, “The awarding of the grants reflects our commitment to various efforts intended to support sustainable healthcare initiatives and improve the health of the residents in the communities we serve.

The grant to M.S.A.D. #17 supports an effort that builds upon some outstanding community recreation center facility design work that was done by students at Oxford Hills Technical School a couple of years ago.  It will provide funding to launch a feasibility study that will, among other things, further explore concept design alternatives and develop specific cost estimates.”

The idea of a Community Recreation Center has been a dream of many citizens for years. Among certain groups it has been determined that perhaps now the time is right to move forward with the Community Recreation Center concept. 

“Oxford County currently ranks 12th in the overall health status of Maine counties.  We see this as a potential to develop a facility that instills the long term commitment to exercise in our youth as well as providing a facility for adults in our area.  It should improve the overall health and well-being of citizens in the Oxford Hills” stated William Medd, M.D.

Becoming the healthiest school district and community in western Maine is gaining momentum in the Oxford Hills. “This grant is a wonderful first step in the development of this project” affirmed M.S.A.D. #17 Superintendent, Rick Colpitts. 

OHCHS principal, Ted Moccia, said, “This project will be a joint venture among M.S.A.D. #17, Stephens Memorial Hospital and the community as a whole”. 

The second grant was awarded to the Community Lunch Program at the First Universalist Church to purchase and install a range hood to meet State code and insurance requirements.  The Community Lunch Program serves an average of 142 healthy meals each week to those in need.

The Alan Day Community Garden was the recipient of the final grant to support the development of a video to promote food and nutrition education.

In the past the Stephens Community Healthcare Foundation has provided funding to the Western Maine Land Trust for trail design, skis for the Rowe School to encourage more active lifestyles in our community and to M.S.A.D. #17 to support the potable water project for students at Roberts Farm.

The vision of Western Maine Health is that the people of the communities we serve will be the healthiest in Western Maine. 

The Stephens Community Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created in 1999.  

Photo Caption (left to right):  Dr. William Medd, Rick Colpitts, Timothy Churchill and Ted Moccia.

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