Posted by Margaret Stargell | 08.25.2022 | News

Willie Stargell Foundation Awards $120,000

[Wilmington, NC, August 25, 2022] – The Willie Stargell Foundation has awarded $120,000 in grants to organizations supporting kidney disease research and patient care.

$100,000 has been awarded to Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the purchase of three PrisMax dialysis machines, which are used in the critical care units of the hospital. The College of Health and Human Services at UNCW is receiving $10,000 for its Willie Stargell Endowment Scholarship Fund, and $10,000 is being awarded to Cape Fear Community College’s Willie Stargell Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“The state-of-the-art dialysis machines to be purchased for Novant Health NHRMC will be used in the critical care units for continuous renal replacement therapy,” says Margaret Weller-Stargell, Willie Stargell Foundation President.  “When met with a life-threatening health crisis, these machines will support in the recovery of the most critically ill patients in our area facing kidney disease or acute kidney issues.”

“The critical care staff expertly cares for our patients and this new dialysis equipment will help our teams further elevate the care patients receive,”says Jan Pahl, Willie Stargell Foundation Board of Director, and Manager of Renal Dialysis and VAT at the Willie Stargell Dialysis Unit at Novant Health NHRMC.

Funds being provided to UNCW’s College of Health and Human Services will support scholarships for healthcare students interested in helping kidney disease patients, and funds provided to Cape Fear Community College will support students pursuing a career in nursing.

“The support of the Willie Stargell Foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing degrees within the College of Health and Human Services helps continue the development of workforce professionals dedicated to addressing and caring for patients with kidney disease. We are grateful for this collaboration and the ability to help address healthcare needs for patients in this region,” said Dr. Justine Reel, Interim Dean of the UNCW College of Health and Human Services.

“We are tremendously thankful to our donors for continuing to support the Willie Stargell Foundation and our efforts to assist those living with kidney disease in Willie’s honor,” says Weller-Stargell.