W. R. Grace & Co. renews donation to St. Johnís Hospital
Has donated $2.5 million over ten years
by W.R. Grace
May 21, 2009
W. R. Grace & Co. announced today (May 19, 2009) that it has renewed its donation of $250,000 to St. John's Lutheran Hospital in Libby, Montana for the tenth consecutive year.
Since 2000, Grace has helped St. Johnís provide high quality healthcare to residents of the town and nearby communities in South Lincoln County. The donations (totaling more than $2 million) have been used to establish a clinic for people with asbestos-related illnesses, train medical staff, purchase equipment (such as a Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI unit and new devices for a state-of-the-art laboratory), treat patients and subsidize medical procedures.
St. Johnís Lutheran Hospital is a charitable 25-bed medical facility serving the healthcare needs of South Lincoln County for over 50 years. "As the sole hospital in the area, we have had to continually increase our services to meet the needs of the community," said Bill Patten, St. Johnís CEO. He added, "We are thankful to Grace for its financial support over the past ten years."
In addition to the hospital donations, Grace funds a medical expense program for current and former residents of Libby who have asbestos-related conditions. To date, Grace has spent more than $17 million on the Libby Medical Program, which has over 1,000 current enrollees. More information on this program can be found at www.libbymedicalprogram.com.
Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products to petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics; silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide range of industrial applications; sealants and coatings for food and beverage packaging, and specialty chemicals, additives and building materials for commercial and residential construction. With annual sales of more than $3 billion, Grace has about 6,200 employees and operations in over 40 countries. For more information, visit Grace's web site at www.grace.com.
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