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Hospital foundation doles out record number of grants

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Local organizations in the Bay Area were honored for their work in the community.

Bay Area Hospital Community Foundation held its annual award grant luncheon Thursday at the Coos History Museum.

This year the foundation awarded a record number of grants -- over $467,000 to 33 different community programs and organizations.

"Each year the hospital has been giving anywhere from $250,000 to $350,000 to local community organizations that share our vision of improving the health of our community and that's basically the umbrella goal," said Tom McAndrew with Bay Area Community Hospital Foundation.

This year, Southwestern Oregon Community College received the largest sum, the first of four installments for $250,000.

"It means that we're going to be able to complete the project and in the future add more nursing opportunities and training so we can help meet the demand, and that currently exists for nursing positions and what is coming at us," said SWOCC president Patty Scott.

This year's other recipients include South Coast Family Harbor and Coos Bay Downtown Association.

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