As part of its 40th anniversary celebration on the island, Medtronic Puerto Rico awarded $300,000 in health grants to five Puerto Rican nonprofit entities to support them in their quest to increase access to the treatment of chronic diseases in disadvantaged communities.
The recipients were: the Puerto Rico Kidney Foundation ($75,000), the Ronald McDonald Children’s Foundation ($75,000), the Community Education Program and Service Delivery Program Inc. (PECES, as it is known in Spanish) ($50,000), Turabo University ($50,000) and the Ponce YMCA ($50,000.)
“Philanthropy is one of the main pillars that sustain our company, which is why we actively support activities that are focused on increasing access to quality healthcare in the realm of chronic diseases in economically disadvantaged communities around the world,” said Félix Negrón, vice-president of operations at Medtronic Puerto Rico.
“This is our duty as a responsible corporate citizen and as a world-class industry leader,” he said, adding that the grants are part of a World Health Organization initiative that aims to achieve a 25 percent drop in premature non-communicable diseases by 2025.
The grants program is also a manifestation of the corporate mission the company has been upholding during the past four decades: contributing to patient wellbeing via the application of biomedical engineering to researching, designing, manufacturing, and distribution of instruments or devices to alleviate pain, restore health and prolong life.
The Medtronic Health Access Grants are good for a period of two years and support the following nonprofit entities in their work combating chronic diseases.