Roanoke-Chowan Foundation

Roanoke-Chowan Foundation was created originally as a public foundation, and in 1997 became an independent private foundation with a mission of meeting health and wellness needs of the Roanoke- Chowan communities in Bertie, Hertford, Gates and Northampton counties through an established grant making policy. Roanoke-Chowan Foundation is also the vehicle through which you can provide support for Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

Since 1998, Roanoke-Chowan Foundation has granted more than $12.3 Million in 103 grants to community-based programs, including Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. The foundation also provides annual assistance with operational costs of Vidant Wellness Center located in Ahoskie.

Your gift to Roanoke-Chowan Foundation - Giving care locally

Generous donors to Roanoke-Chowan Foundation have made the following Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and community programs and services possible.

  • ANNIE EASON CHILDREN’S UNIT – Through a generous donation from philanthropists, the Zaslows of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the hospital opened a new children’s services pediatric unit that has served hundreds of our ‘smallest patients’ over the past few years. The Annie Eason Children’s Fund also supports an outstanding pediatric asthma program in Hertford and Northampton counties that serves children at school and in homes so families can manage childhood asthma effectively.
  • SENIOR ADULT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EXPANSION – A large donation to the Foundation from the estate of Joy Brown Sumner is making it possible for the hospital to expand senior adult behavioral health services to meet the increasing needs of an aging population. This expansion fund will add four new beds to the state-of-the-art senior adult unit that serves older patients in need of medical care and medication management. This 8-bed unit stays full most weeks of the year, and increased space will allow more patients to be served.
  • SUSAN LASSITER FUND FOR ADVANCE CARE PLANNING – A special fund, established to honor Susan Lassiter for her years of dedicated service and leadership she provided as president of Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, will provide resources for community education, physician training and the special work that hospital staff do with patients and families for advance care planning.
  • RALPH CULLENS MASON AND LOU WILSON EVANS MASON ENDOWMENT FUND AGREEMENT – This endowment fund was initiated with a gift in 2012 by Norma Mason Meier, in memory of her parents, Ralph Cullens Mason and Lou Wilson Evans Mason, to support the cancer services program at Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. The fund is open-ended, and additional contributions may be made by interested individuals.
  • CANCER PROGRAMS AND SERVICES – Donations are used to provide free clinical breast exams and free mammography and ultrasound for low income, indigent patients who do not qualify for other assistance programs. Funds are also used to provide free colonoscopies to detect colorectal cancer.
  • ROANOKE-CHOWAN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER GRANT FOR DENTAL SLIDING FEE SCALE PATIENTS – In July 2012, East Carolina University (ECU) opened its first School of Dental Medicine (SoDM) Service Learning Center in Ahoskie, NC. The primary objective was to help address the growing gap between the oral health needs of the people of northeastern North Carolina and the capacity to meet those needs in the future. Through donations to Roanoke-Chowan Foundation and their grant funding process, Roanoke-Chowan Community Health Center (RCCHC) in collaboration with ECU SoDM, has provided access to oral health services for a large number of eligible RCCHC sliding fee patients by covering the costs of a patient’s individual dental care plan within a defined scope of services.

The foundation continues to request support for all of these programs and services to assure the community’s health needs are met.

Community coming together for new Cancer Services

One in three Americans will have cancer during their lifetime. Over the past several years, community members, physicians and Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital employees have contributed money and time to build new cancer care services for the Roanoke-Chowan area. These efforts include a special fund for women in need of screening for breast cancer to catch in its earliest stages. The Roanoke-Chowan Foundation offered "Hosts for the Hospital" events to increase awareness of the need for cancer care services close to home.

The result of all of these efforts is a spacious new cancer care suite at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital with a beautiful chemotherapy bay overlooking a Garden of Hope. In addition, the hospital opened a new radiation therapy center with the most sophisticated radiation equipment in the area. More than $100,000 in funds have been donated to ensure on-going screening and new cancer survivorship programs are provided in the Roanoke-Chowan area in the future.

Why Give? - Donor Stories

You have your own story of why you support improving health of those living in the Roanoke-Chowan area. What’s your reason to give?

Donor story 2014
Donor story 2015
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Roanoke-Chowan Foundation accepts your contributions toward any of our hospital and community programs and services that improve health, prevent disease, and ensure timely quality medical care is provided for all in need.  You can help us in these efforts to improve the health of our community!

You can also contact the Foundation Office at 252-209-3067 if you're interested in exploring other ways to give, such as: