In late 1996, Doctors Hospital Inc. of Stark County, a not for profit hospital, was sold to a for profit organization. The dollars from the sale of that transaction formed the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation. The Foundation has just completed its thirtieth series of grants, and is pleased to report to the community that since its inception, it has approved just over $6,600,000 in grants, to programs through March of 2013.
The mission of the Austin-Bailey Health and Wellness Foundation is to support programs that promote the physical and mental well being of the citizens of the area served by us – Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties in Ohio. The importance of furthering the education of healthcare personnel is reflected in our scholarship program as well. We offer scholarships to students in a health related field. Currently, a $4,000 annual scholarship is awarded to seven schools of higher education for one or two of their students. These schools are Aultman College, Kent State Stark, Kent State Tuscarawas, Malone University, Stark State College, University of Mount Union, and Walsh University. A $6,000 scholarship and also a $5,000 scholarship are awarded to two students at Ohio University enrolled in the School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Over time, the Foundation has supported heavily two areas of health need. One of these is the need for prescription drugs for those unable to afford them. Through the Prescription Assistance Network (PAN), whose staff assists other non-profits in obtaining prescription drugs for their clients, we have helped many individuals in Stark County in procuring prescription drugs. We also support a similar model in Wayne County through the United Way of Wayne & Holmes Counties. Another area heavily funded by us relates to oral health needs, and major grants have been made to support dental clinics that provide treatment to those underinsured or uninsured.
A listing of each grant that the Foundation has made since inception is included in this web site. We continue to strive to maintain awareness of the health and wellness needs in our four county area, and to address those needs through our grant making. We strive to make wise grant decisions by providing dollars to those organizations that can best help us fulfill our mission.