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
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
- 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.