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Perdue helps fund new Family Consulation Room at eastern North Carolina hospital

Vidant Hospital
Bill Pittman, Vidant Bertie Hospital Development Council chairman; Jeff Stalls, director of 0perations of Perdue Lewiston (N.C.) complex; Jeff Sackrison, former president of Vidant Bertie Hospital; Jeff Dial, president of Vidant Bertie Hospital; and, Silvia Rose, Vidant Bertie Hospital director of patient care services

Lewiston, N.C. (Friday, October 3, 2014) - The Vidant Bertie Hospital Development Council was recently awarded a $10,000 grant funded by the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to help create the Family Consultation Room as part a planned chapel at Vidant Bertie Hospital in Windsor, N.C. The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

“We’re thrilled by the support of Perdue and the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation,” said Jeff Dial, president of Vidant Bertie Hospital. “Perdue has been so generous to the hospital throughout the years, always supporting us in various ways, including sponsoring the annual Denim to Diamonds Reverse Raffle Fund Raiser. But, this major gift is especially appreciated. The funds have been designated for the Family Consultation Room. We are so grateful for the grant and for everything Perdue does for the hospital and the community as a whole.”

“The Vidant Bertie Hospital is a wonderful asset to the Bertie County community where many Perdue associates call home,” said Jeff Stalls, director of Perdue operations in Lewiston, N.C. “We are honored to be able to provide funding toward their campaign to add space for consultation, reflection and privacy in times of need for area families.  The patient-family consultation space will help the hospital deliver patient-whole family centered health care.

As Dial explains, “Vidant Health considers patient-family centered care to be one of its most important principles. Caring for patients means more than caring for the physical — emotional and spiritual well-being are vitally important as well. The Vidant Bertie Chaplains Council has limited space in which to minister to patients and their families. It is especially trying when there is an emergency and more space, not to mention privacy, is needed. The patient-family consultation room provides just such a space. There is also no private place for physicians, case managers or social workers to meet with patients and family members to talk about options for patient care.  Such conversations are difficult to have, especially when there is no area in which to have the needed discussions.”

The Vidant Bertie Development Council has appealed to businesses, individuals, churches and various foundations to assist us in the quest to raise funds for a couple of years now. To learn more about the project and how to make a contribution, contact LuAnn Joyner at Vidant Bertie Hospital at luann.joyner@vindanthealth.com or at 252-794-6653.

About The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®, HARVESTLAND® and COLEMAN NATURAL®, and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products.

About Vidant Health
Vidant Health, a mission-driven, not-for-profit corporation, owns, leases or has a majority membership interest in nine eastern North Carolina hospitals. The health system includes Vidant Beaufort Hospital, Vidant Bertie Hospital, Vidant Chowan Hospital, Vidant Duplin Hospital, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital, Vidant Medical Center, Vidant Pungo Hospital, Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital, Vidant Home Health and Hospice,Vidant Wellness Centers, Vidant Medical Group and is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. On the web at www.vidanthealth.com


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