In its first full year of operation, the Tidewell Foundation distributed $3.46 million dollars in programmatic grants to Tidewell Hospice and its family of healthcare companies. The funds are in addition to the foundation’s $1.1 million capital grant for the creation of the first Tidewell Family Grief Center in Ellenton, which opened in September 2021.
The following programs were funded by grants made by the Tidewell Foundation in Fiscal Year 2021:
Pediatric Care Services ($90,400)
Tidewell Hospice provides free care to children with advanced illness, including family support.
Tidewell Honors Veterans Program ($22,092)
This program focuses on celebrating veterans and providing care that recognizes the unique challenges that may exist in military families.
Blue Butterfly Program ($455,057)
Tidewell’s Blue Butterfly is an evidence-based community outreach program for children aged 5-18 and their caregivers who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. This program brings expertise in counseling and mental health to young people in the community.
Community Grief Center ($97,564)
The Tidewell Family Grief Center in Ellenton is a first-of-its-kind facility in the region that provides holistic grief support for individuals, families, and the community. Tidewell Family Grief Center clients have access to opportunities to meet their own grief needs through one-on-one sessions, groups, art therapy, meditation, or alternative therapies.
Grief Education and Support Services ($874,896)
Tidewell Hospice provides free grief counseling programs in its four-county service area. These services are offered for free to members of the community, whether or not their loved one was a Tidewell patient.
Cardiac Care Program ($105,549)
The Advanced Cardiac Care Program caters to patients with end-stage heart failure and helps them manage symptoms and concerns from the comfort of their homes. The program is a combination of clinical protocols and patient/family education resources, including evidence-based tools that improve care quality and save patient families stress and unnecessary expenses.
Nurse Residency Program ($314,465)
This unique training course launched in 2018 provides newly licensed Registered Nurse graduates with a year-long, in-depth training program in hospice nursing. Created in response to the national nursing shortage experienced in the area, this program provides comprehensive, one-on-one training, allowing nurse residents to understand the complex specialty of hospice nursing.
Complementary Services ($420,199)
Tidewell Complementary Services offers an array of programs that bring quality of life to those with advanced illness through stress reduction, pain relief and distraction, opportunities for joy, and healing of psycho-social issues for patients and their families.
Humanitarian and Wishes Funds ($79,953)
The Tidewell Humanitarian Fund grants emergency, non-medical financial relief, alleviating that burden on a patient or caregiver and allowing them to focus on medical care. The Tidewell Foundation’s Wishes Fund fulfills a last wish for Tidewell Hospice patients and their families.
Charity Care ($1 million)
Tidewell’s Charity Care program ensures that compassion, comfort and care are available to all who need it.