On Monday, Atrium Health and Truist teamed up to announce a $5.05 million gift to the Atrium Health Foundation’s “Giving Hope” campaign.
Giving Hope will fund several community-driven programs focused on improving health outcomes and economic mobility for “vulnerable” community members.
“Our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities,” Truist Chairman and CEO Bill Rogers said in a press release. “Atrium Health’s mission to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing for all is very much in line with our purpose; together, I believe we truly can make a difference.”
The clinical-community partnership is a multi-million-dollar total will support five programs.
$4.5 million of it will fund three specific programs over the next three years, including:
The remaining funds of $550,000 are designated to support two career-focused programs over the next three years, including opportunities for the formerly incarcerated and a pathways program.
The Truist Foundation plans to increase Atrium Health’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals by hiring 60 previously incarcerated individuals, providing a much-needed opportunity for long-term employment and lower recidivism rates.
The Sterile Processing Career Pathways program will provide 150 entry-level Atrium Health employees with training to advance to higher positions.
The goal of the two programs is to increase economic mobility and long-term employment opportunities for people predisposed to poverty.
“Together, Atrium Health and Truist are committed to improving access to health care and extending opportunities to build a productive workforce, for now, and in years to come,” said Heath Campbell, Metrolina regional president at Truist, in a press release. “By joining forces and leading with care, we hope to build a better Charlotte for all.”