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By Richard Asinof
WOONSOCKET – Eileen Howard Boone, vice president of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, made a surprise “special delivery” visit to Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence, handing the hospital a $97,000 grant to help the hospital expand its Transition Home Plus program.
The hand-delivered check was part of CVS Caremark’s nationwide “Day of Giving,” a one-day event which included visits from CVS Caremark colleagues to deserving nonprofits across the country, surprising them with the grant funding they had requested.
The visits were timed to coincide with the announcement that $4.3 million has been awarded in grants from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust to 98 nonprofit organizations across the country as part of the 2011 grant cycle. Other grant recipients in Rhode Island included: Children’s Friend and Service, The Highlander Charter School, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Ocean Community YMCA, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School and Thundermist.
“How pleasant to see CVS Caremark colleagues at our doorstep with a large check for the amount in funding we had requested for our Transition Home Plus program,” said Dr. Betty Vohr, of Woman & Infants. “The grant will enable us to expand this successful program to families living in Massachusetts. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust for their incredible commitment and their support for this program.”
The Transition Home Plus program was developed by Vohr to assist families of the most vulnerable premature infants who are at increased risk of medical, behavioral and neuro-developmental problems once they are discharged from the hospital. The program has been able to significantly reduce rehospitalizations and has resulted in fewer infants with respiratory problems, fewer accidents and increased breastfeeding.