Guthrie Awards $10,000 to Friends of Valley Playland

Jan 10, 2020

Guthrie's Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $10,000 to Friends of Valley Playland in support of its project to revitalize the current playland structure on South River Street in Athens, Pa. Updates to the current playland structure will improve safety and accessibility for all children and their families in the community, including those with mobility impairments.

This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2020-2023: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage.

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Dr. Joseph Scopelliti, president and CEO, Guthrie; Lori Allen Unger, president, Friends of Valley Playland, Josephine Robles, program manager, NYS DSRIP, Guthrie; Dr. Charles Fedele, member, Community Benefits Committee; Kathe Vergason, member, Friends of Valley Playland; Joseph Sawyer, president, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.