Signature to offer new community program

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

The Trimble Banner

Signature Healthcare is preparing to launch a new program to offer aid to  employees, their families and other Trimble County residents when disaster strikes.

Signature’s Compassion Fund is a nonprofit grant program for anyone in the communities in which the company operates its facilities, said spokeswoman Erica Staley.

To explain how the program works, Signature has invited the community at large to its launch from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Bedford facility on Shepard Lane.

“It’s a free event and there will be beverages and food,” Staley said. “We will describe the organization and how it can positively impact the community by reaching out to people in times of catastrophe.”

She said anyone whose home and family is affected by a flood, tornado, fire or other disaster may apply for a monetary award from the Compassion Fund.

She said funds are awarded by a board of directors, who meet monthly to ensure that no one has to wait for an extended period of time for any award they receive.

The amount of awards will vary, and will be given on a case-by-case basis. The board reviews “every application in full detail,” she said. “They are very compassionate about each individual.

The new program is being introduced in every community in which Signature operates a facility.

Signature Healthcare operates 66 facilities in seven states. It is based in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.