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St. Luke’s Health supports nonprofits with nearly $1 M in grants

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BurkeCenterSt. Luke’s Health awarded grant funds to Burke Center. Front row (l-r) Misti Lowe, SVP Patient Care Services; Monte Bostwick, East Texas Market President/CEO; and Melanie Taylor, Burke Center CEO. Back row (l-r): Melissa Simmons, Crisis Services Program Director; Eric Robinson, SVP of Operations; and Curtis Prunty, Market Director Mission Integration. Courtesy photo

Including almost $85,000 for East Texas

From Enterprise Staff

St. Luke’s Health has awarded $973,500 in grants to nonprofits in the communities it serves in Greater Houston, East Texas and the Brazos Valley. The grants, through the parent company CommonSpirit Health Community Health Improvement Grants program, are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable and underserved populations.

“The Community Health Improvement Grants program is a way for us to work outside our hospital walls to address the significant needs of the community that we identified in our community health needs assessments,” Monte Bostwick, Market President/CEO, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial (East Texas), said. “East Texas received more than $84,000 of the awards including $64,209 to the Burke Center.”

The grant program helps to improve community health and health equity, and enhance local service systems, via restricted charitable contributions for defined projects.

The Burke Center provides high quality mental health treatment and intellectual and developmental disability services across 11 counties in East Texas.

“Many of our mental health patients show up at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Hospital, and that’s why we need and value this community partnership. It will help us better serve our patients by ensuring appropriate services in a location that meets their needs as soon as possible,” Melanie Taylor, CEO of Burke Center, said. “We operate 40 facilities specializing in personal, professional and compassionate care for every client.”

Bostwick said the hospital considered organizations that are pursuing the same values as the St. Luke’s Health hospital system relative to the communities and patients that they serve. He said Burke Center is a good fit.

“Our vision of a healthier future for all extends far beyond what we provide to the patients within the walls of our hospitals and clinics,” Doug Lawson, PhD, President, South Region, CommonSpirit Health, said. “Making a lasting impact in our communities requires collaboration with organizations working to equip vulnerable individuals with the resources to be healthy. That’s why these grants are such an important part of our mission at St. Luke’s Health in Texas and CommonSpirit across the country.”

Other organizations that received grants to use in 2024 include: Brazos Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Inc. (The Prenatal Clinic), Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Grimes County Health Resource Commission, Ibn Sina Foundation, Interfaith Community Clinic (South County Community Clinic), Magnificat Houses, San José Clinic, The Rose, TOMAGWA Ministries, Inc., Twin City Mission, United Way of Brazoria County and United Way of the Brazos Valley.

The Texas market received more than 60 grant proposals during the inaugural application period. The Texas market is funding 19 projects this year, with awards totaling more than $970,000.

The grant program helps to improve community health and health equity, and enhance local service systems, via restricted charitable contributions for defined projects.

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