Bay Health Foundation awards $475,000 to local healthcare charities

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay Health Foundation awarded $475,000 in grants to healthcare-related organizations in Bay County. The foundation presented 13 charities with checks during their luncheon Thursday at the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club.

Dr. James T. Cook with the Bay Health Foundation said with the money given out Thursday, the organization has given $3.3 million to healthcare-related organizations since 2012.

"We have so many good saint-like people delivering the care and the compassion and were so proud to help them do this," said Cook.

Cook said this is one of the largest donations the organization has handed out. He says they hope the money will help the organizations recover from Hurricane Michael.

Awarded organizations include Anchorage Children's Home, Avicenna Free Clinic, Basic of NWFL, Bay Cares, Bay County Council on Aging, FSU Foundation-Early Childhood Autism Program, Gulf Coast Children's Advocacy Center, Healthy Start Coalition, Life Management Center, Pancare of Florida, Second Chance of NWFL, St. Andrew Community Medical Center and The Are of the Bay St. Andrew Bay Center.