CareCredit Formalizes Charitable Support With Caring Communities Program

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COSTA MESA, Calif.—For more than 25 years, CareCredit, a leading health care credit card, has been committed to helping people access needed care, often providing volunteer and financial support to charitable organizations within the professions they serve.

As CareCredit’s philanthropic efforts have expanded, the company created its Caring Communities Program to formalize and focus financial support and employee volunteer activities. “CareCredit’s position as a health care credit card has always been to give our providers a way to help more patients access the care they want and need,” said Cindy Hearn, SVP branding and communications.

In 2013, the Caring Communities Program has provided more than $200,000 in grants to organizations in the optometric profession and four other health care sectors to help low-to-moderate income households in the U.S. obtain necessary care:

  • Optometry—The company supports the American Optometric Association Foundation’s InfantSEE Program to provide vision assessment for infants and children up to age four.
  • Dentistry—CareCredit continues its six-year commitment to Give Kids A Smile, helping fund dental education, screening and treatment events across the country for school-aged children.
  • Hearing Health—CareCredit’s grant to The Miracle Ear Children’s Foundation provided hearing aids and hearing support services for 20 children.
  • Reconstructive Surgery—Two organizations within cosmetic medicine were funded: The FACE TO FACE Fund, which helps victims of domestic violence receive facial reconstructive surgery; and the Plastic Surgery Foundation Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Fund that enables reconstructive surgery for uninsured or underinsured women as a treatment for breast cancer.
  • Veterinary Medicine—CareCredit supports Canine Companions for Independence, enabling more children, and their families, to attend training courses with their assistance dogs.

For more information on CareCredit’s Caring Communities Program, visit www.carecredit.com and click on the Community tab.