Johnston Health Receives $444,000 Grant From The Duke Endowment

Johnston Health has received a $444,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to expand a community network known as Project Access, which improves access to health care services for low-income and uninsured residents in Johnston and Harnett counties.

This is the third time that Johnston Health has received grants from The Duke Endowment. Georgia Anthony, director of Project Access, says it will be used to continue the valuable work of the program for the next two years.

Since its launch in 2008, Project Access has assisted more than 4,600 Johnston and Harnett residents. To date, the value of health care services donated by providers, including Johnston Health and Harnett Health hospitals, exceeds $40 million.

“On behalf of Johnston Health, I would like to thank The Duke Endowment for this generous gift,” said Tom Williams, CEO and president of Johnston Health. “Project Access fills a huge need in our community. With this grant, we are better able to deliver upon our commitment to providing expert care close to home.”

Project Access has offices inside Johnston Medical Mall in Smithfield and on Tilghman Drive in Dunn. It is one of many physician-led initiatives that are assisting communities across the nation to establish and sustain coordinated systems of charity care. In North Carolina, there are currently 18 active Project Access programs.

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About Johnston Health

Johnston Health has been Johnston County’s primary health care system since 1951. Based in Smithfield, with a second location in Clayton, the hospital is an integral part of the county’s growth and development. Johnston Health is committed to its community, focused on top-notch health care, and invested in well-being. Its core purpose is to provide quality, expert care to every patient who walks through its doors. As part of the UNC Health Care System, Johnston Health holds itself to the highest standards of quality and excellence, and is committed to bringing expert care close to home for its community.

About The Duke Endowment
Based in Charlotte and established in 1924 by industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke, The Duke Endowment is a private foundation that strengthens communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds and enriching spirits. Since its founding, it has distributed more than $4 billion in grants. The Endowment shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.