November 2016 Around Town

Over 500 Cyclists Ride in 10th Annual Tour DaVita to Raise Funds and Awareness for Kidney Disease

The 10th Annual Tour DaVita rolled through Franklin and Middle Tennessee recently with a record number of riders raising a record total of money for the fight against kidney disease.

The 564 riders combined to pedal nearly 109,000 miles over three days while raising $1.25 million for Bridge of Life (BOL), a nonprofit organization founded by DaVita, one of the nation’s leading kidney care providers. Participants included DaVita patients, teammates and physicians; corporate sponsors, and teammates’ family members and friends.

Individual fundraising efforts, combined with donations from DaVita and other corporate sponsorships, accounted for the record total. Proceeds will go toward improving access to primary care and dialysis treatment in underserved communities around the world while also focusing on prevention of kidney disease through early-detection testing and education.
Previous Tours have taken place in Tennessee/Alabama (2007), Wisconsin (2008), Michigan (2009), Washington State (2010), Connecticut/New York/Massachusetts (2011), Iowa (2012), South Carolina (2013), Oregon (2014) and North Carolina (2015).
To date, Tour DaVita has helped raise more than $8.6 million.
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and HealthCare Partners. The company is headquartered in Denver but has a regional office in Williamson County with more than 500 employees.

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Nissan Awards $100,000 to Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation for Tennessee’s Imagination Library

Nissan North America has extended its commitment to early childhood literacy in Middle Tennessee by granting $100,000 to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF). Joined by First Lady Crissy Haslam, Nissan presented the check to GBBF President Theresa Carl during a recent reading event at Casa Azafrán Early Learning Center in

Nashville. Nissan has contributed $1.1 million to GBBF since 2005.

The donated funds will be used to provide age-appropriate books each month to preschool children who are enrolled in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library programs in Davidson, Franklin, Rutherford and Williamson counties – the four counties where Nissan has operational facilities in the state.

“Nissan sponsors many educational programs to help children and youth learn and grow,” said Rebecca Vest, Nissan vice president of corporate development and social responsibility. “There is no better way to nurture opportunity in the communities where we live and work than to promote literacy and a desire to learn among children from an early age. We are proud to partner with Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and Tennessee’s Imagination Library.”

Since its inception in 2004, Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation has distributed more than 26.8 million books to preschool children across the state.

Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation’s mission is to build a foundation for reading and learning through books for Tennessee’s children. The efforts in delivering over 256,000 books each month to children birth to age five, support the Tennessee Department of Education’s Read to be Ready goal of raising Tennessee’s third grade reading proficiency level to above 75 percent by 2025.

Currently, only about 43 percent of Tennessee third graders are reading at or above grade level. Studies show that students who have not developed basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are three to four times more likely to drop out of school later. Early childhood literacy programs lead to early language development, school readiness, on-time graduation and college attendance in the future.

Mercy Community Healthcare Receives $25,000 Donation from Health eVillages – Healthways Community Outreach Program

Franklin-based Mercy Community Healthcare received a $25,000 donation from the Health eVillages – Healthways Community Outreach Program – to support Mercy’s efforts to meet the diverse health needs of individual patients from across Middle Tennessee. In addition, over 150 Healthways colleagues have donated more than 700 volunteer hours of in-kind services, from painting patient examination rooms to providing professional support such as nutritional counseling for staff and patients.

Mercy also received a $5,000 gift from the Tramuto Foundation to support the facilities expansion. Founded by Healthways CEO Donato Tramuto in 2001, The Tramuto Foundation helps individuals and organizations achieve their educational and healthcare goals.

Healthways, Inc. and Health eVillages recently launched the community outreach program to improve community health in underserved areas and to improve the quality of, and access to, care in the most challenging clinical environments, both in the U.S. and abroad. The program is providing assistance to Mercy to support its clinicians, caseworkers and administrative team in their efforts to deliver high quality medical and behavioral health services. Mercy Community Healthcare is a non-profit organization that provides quality healthcare to thousands of underserved and uninsured patients from more than 30 counties in Middle Tennessee.

“Without community health organizations such as Mercy, millions of people across the globe would go without access to health care workers and the care they so desperately need,” said Tramuto. “We firmly believe that successful organizations must also be good corporate citizens, and our work with Mercy allows us to effect real change in our own back yard.”