The Morning Sun reports that a grant from the Mount Carmel Foundation will help Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg identify and care for patients with sleep apnea.

The Mount Carmel Foundation has raised more than $4.8 million since its inception in 1983. The department grants were added two years ago, and are another funding branch of the foundation. The department grants allow individuals working within the hospital’s departments to apply for money to address a need.

“This is an opportunity for (the Mount Carmel Foundation) to have any associate, any director, anyone within the hospital to apply for a grant,” said Johnna Norton, executive director. “They can identify a need in their area, and then we can fund it. This year we chose the projects … that have direct patient impact and can really touch the patients that we have in need.”

In all, $46,825 was given away to 14 different projects, ranging from providing chicken soup for patients after surgery to machines which help diagnose sleep apnea.

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