Toe River Project Access Receives Grant



The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation has received a grant in the amount of $109,987.00 from The Duke Endowment to support the Toe River Project Access (TRPA) program for underserved citizens in Mitchell and Yancey counties.
The Duke Endowment grant provides support to Toe River Project Access to expand a community network of care for the low-income, uninsured in Mitchell and Yancey counties. The grant will also fund interpretive services, vision services and mammography services for clients of the program.
“The objective of the grant is to continue operation of TRPA in order to serve those residents who are not eligible for Medicaid in the state of North Carolina, those who are exempt due to citizenship requirements and those exempt due to income limitations,” said Dick Baker, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation Manager.
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $3 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.

About Toe River Project Access
Toe River Project Access (TRPA) is a non-profit organization, created as an initiative of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation in November 2003. TRPA assists low-income, uninsured residents through a collaborative effort between area physicians, optometrists, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Toe River Health District, and Mitchell and Yancey Counties' Departments of Social Services. The purpose of TRPA is to provide eligible uninsured residents of Mitchell and Yancey Counties access to medical, dental and vision care, through placement with participating providers, using a proven medical home model. As an NC HealthNet site, TRPA is committed to providing low-income uninsured residents in the Mitchell and Yancey communities’ access to a primary medical home, as well as other needed health care services. TRPA services assist in avoiding unnecessary health complications and providing a better quality of life for the patient and their families. 

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