Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care seeks applicants for the 2019 Philip D. Levesque Memorial Community Award, a $1,000 grant given annually to a local organization involved in the arts, health, community development, education, or the environment. The Gifford Board of Trustees established the award in 1994 in memory of Levesque, Gifford’s beloved president and chief executive officer from 1973-1994.
“Philip Levesque was an admired leader who was dedicated to serving our communities in the White River Valley,” said Ashley Lincoln, Gifford director of development and public relations. “His legacy of generosity continues through this award, and we look forward to reviewing applications from the many community-focused organizations in our area.”
Previous award recipients include the Bethel Recreation Department, Safeline, Stagecoach, Orange County Parent Child Center, Quin Town Senior Center, South Royalton School Recycle Compost and Volunteer Program, Bluebird Recovery Program, Kimball Library, Bethel Playground Project, Chelsea Little League Field, Rochester Chamber Music Society, Royalton Memorial Library, Tunbridge Library, White River Craft Center, Interfaith Caregivers, Chelsea Family Center, Granville Volunteer Fire Department, HealthHub School Clinic, and the Rochester, Hancock and Granville Food Shelf.
Applications for the 2019 award must be made in writing by Friday, Feb. 22, and include a detailed one-page description of a community project, estimated budget and timeline for project completion, expected results and benefits, and a copy of the organization’s 501 (c) (3) certificate. Completed applications may be sent to The Philip D. Levesque Memorial Fund, Gifford Medical Center Development Office, 44. S. Main St., Randolph, VT 05060.
A committee of hospital staff and Levesque’s family will review applications and select a winner. The 2019 award recipient will be announced March 9 at Gifford’s Annual Meeting. For more information, call 802-728-2380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.