Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

San Angelo – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) announced last week that Shannon Medical Center has been awarded a nearly $265,000 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® (HKHF) grant to help raise awareness around the prevention and early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in the San Angelo community.

The grant, awarded following an extensive evaluation process, is part of BCBSTX’s $1.8 million statewide community investment strategy to battle CKD as well as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – two conditions greatly impacting the life span, productivity and quality of life of Texans. Ten other statewide community-based organizations were awarded HKHF grants.

“Our new community investment strategy requires collaborations with organizations that have proven results reaching the populations that we want to impact with our new initiative,” said Dr. Dan McCoy, president, BCBSTX.
"We are honored to partner with these outstanding organizations on this important initiative.”

Shannon Medical Center is collaborating with Angelo State University, La Esperanza Clinics, San Angelo Community Medical Center and the San Angelo Health Foundation to implement a health prevention program through the BCBSTX Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative. The coalition of entities plans to address health and wellness in the San Angelo community by implementing strategies that focus on nutrition, physical activity and disease management. 

“On behalf of Shannon, we are very grateful to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas for recognizing the availability of resources and partnerships to collaborate in the development of this health prevention program in our community,” said Shane Plymell, CEO at Shannon Medical Center. 

“Today, we are thrilled to receive the support of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas in the effort to realize our collaborative community plan,” said Kenneth L. Stewart, PhD, professor of Sociology and director of Community Development Initiatives at Angelo State University.  

“This partnership is a true collaboration with the health of our Concho Valley citizens being the benefactors,” said Buddy Daniels, CEO at San Angelo Community Medical Center. “A win-win Agreement is defined as when both sides find benefit if a goal is achieved.  We believe this partnership is a win for all organizations, and especially the health of our citizens.”

“In deciding on this year’s awardees, we landed on organizations that have demonstrated success in executing programs that move the needle against CKD and COPD,” said Dr. Esteban López, chief medical officer, BCBSTX. 

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