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Cigna and the Cigna Foundation are contributing $140,000 to the Methodist Healthcare Foundation and the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation in Memphis to expand the availability of housing for families with critically ill children, and improve access to behavioral health care.
“We help children, adults and families stay connected to each other and to community support networks, and that is even more important during a health challenge, when trusted connections can make a big difference,” said Susan Stith, executive director, Cigna Foundation. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with organizations who are providing community-based support and services to help people have peace of mind so they are better able to care for themselves and the people around them.”
Cigna is contributing $90,000 to enable Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation to help complete the recent expansion of the FedExFamilyHouse that tripled the size of the facility so more families with critically ill children have access to housing near the hospital. The facility is a welcoming place for many families receiving care, and helps them focus on their child instead of housing.
Additionally, a Cigna Foundation grant of $50,000 to the Methodist Healthcare Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network will be used to help reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions and improve access to care and resources for people who are considered medically underserved in North Memphis.
“This generous support from Cigna and the Cigna Foundation will help further our commitment to providing quality, patient-centered care to our patients and families at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare,” said Michael Ugwueke, president and CEO, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. “Cigna has been a generous philanthropic partner of our work and mission, and we are grateful for their continued support.”
Cigna and the Cigna Foundation have worked closely with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare since 2005. Past projects include measuring the impact of interventions on heart failure, improving patient and health care provider communication to enhance diabetes treatment, supporting a hospice residence and funding a community health navigator to reduce emergency room use and improve health outcomes.
“Cigna is proud to support Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and their efforts to expand the essential services they provide to the community,” said Greg Allen, MidSouth market president, Cigna. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Michael and the Methodist Le Bonheur team to advance their important work.”