Sentara RMH Medical Center announced Wednesday it has distributed more than $1.2 million in grant funding to local organizations.

The grants are part of Sentara's "Sentara Cares" program, which aims to advance health equity and accessibility, according to a press release.

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to implement a Sentara employee-led fund, allowing team members to voice how funds are distributed among charitable organizations to meet the needs of our community further," Catherine Hughes, vice president of operations for Sentara RMH Medical Center, said in the press release.

Healthy Community Health Centers will receive $400,000, and Strength in Peers and Church World Services will get $200,000 each. Blue Ridge Free Clinic is awarded $205,000.

Blue Ridge Area Food Clinic will get $65,000.

First Step will be awarded $35,000. The Boys and Girls Club, Open Doors and Valley Program for Aging Services will get $15,000 each. 

— Staff Report

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