The Employee Philanthropy Program (EPP) at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers recently awarded a $5,000 grant to the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). The SART program’s mission is to come together to provide a consistent, competent and caring response to sexual assault victims in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams Counties.
The goals of the SART program include: protecting victims from further harm; providing a calm, peaceful and secluded atmosphere; providing patient-centered care in a respectful, non-judgmental and encouraging manner; evaluating pregnancy risk and offering protection; providing timely, thorough and professional forensic evidence collection, documentation and preservation; obtaining evidence to enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to successfully prosecute sexual assault cases; appropriately referring victims for immediate and follow-up medical care and counseling.
A sexual assault hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-782-8555.
The funds granted by the EPP to SART are designated for medical equipment and continuing education training for forensic nursing.
For more information about the Employee Philanthropy Program at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, visit www.chwchospital.org/EPP