CMC clinics, along with affiliated specialty care clinics, provided medical care to more than 70,000 low-income patients, representing approximately 250,000 office visits. Support services were also provided by care teams consisting of social workers, interpreters, dietitians, pharmacists and health educators.
Community benefit activities reached into area schools as well during 2010. Employees launched Healthy Kids Club, a program to promote healthy lifestyle choices among disadvantaged children through mentoring and group education.
In addition, CHS co-sponsored the third annual Heart of a Champion Day. This event allows senior high school students to get free screenings for heart conditions that could cause sudden death during athletic competition. It is one of only a handful of programs of its kind nationally. In Mecklenburg County the progam involves some 400 volunteers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Levine Children’s Hospital, OrthoCarolina, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and CMC.
Combined, the Mecklenburg and Union County events examined more than 1,100 athletes, of which more than 80 were referred to physicians for follow-up care related to asthma, diabetes, undiagnosed fractures and various cardiac abnormalities.
In a related initiative, CHS announced plans during 2010 to provide certified athletic trainers for all Charlotte-Mecklenburg high schools by the year 2015. The athletic training program is also active in Lincoln County, Union County, and York County, SC. These athletic trainers will intensify ongoing efforts to protect athlete health and safety, with particular focus on concussions and sudden cardiac death.
CHS's commitment to community service was also validated during 2010 by receipt of the Belk Innovation in Diversity Award from the Charlotte Chamber. This annual award recognizes exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion, along with related program initiatives to achieve measurable results.