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Navicent Health Foundation Receives $5,000 in Grant Funds from Flint Energies Foundation

Operation Round Up® Funds to Support NNICU Siblings

Navicent Health Foundation was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Flint Energies Foundation. The grant will allow Atrium Health Navicent to enhance family-centered care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) at The Medical Center, Navicent Health.

Grant funds will support therapeutic activities for parents and siblings of NNICU patients, allowing Atrium Health Navicent to host weekly support groups for families, complete with therapeutic craft activities. Funds will also allow Child Life Specialists at Atrium Health Navicent to create Sibling Support Bags. Siblings will take their bag home after their first visit to the NNICU to learn more about their baby brother or sister, ease any anxiety about their care, and allow older siblings to feel more involved in the infant's care.

"We are so very thankful to the Flint Energies Foundation, as well as Flint Energies members who participate in Operation Round Up. Your contributions truly are making a difference in the lives of others in our community," said Ellen Terrell, Chief Development Officer of Navicent Health Foundation.

In 2001, Flint Energies adopted this uniquely simple and rewarding way to enable members to raise money for local charities and service organizations - Operation Round Up®. The electric cooperative's members contribute nearly $200,000 annually to the Flint Energies Foundation, which supports worthy causes in the 17 counties it serves. Operation Roundup® is a way for members to add voluntarily to those funds in their own unique way.

Participating members allow Flint Energies to "round-up" their bill to the nearest dollar. For example, if a bill is $92.71, a member will pay $93, with all 29 cents going directly to the Flint Energies Foundation. If a member decides not to participate or chooses to discontinue contributions at any time, they may simply contact Flint Energies. Nearly 65 percent of Flint's members have chosen to participate. Donations to Operation Round Up® are tax deductible and members receive a summary of contributions in future January and February bills.