Grants provide medication carts to B&GH

June 8, 2020

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina has recently purchased nine medication carts, computers and scanners to provide quality and consistent medical treatment for the abused and neglected children on the campus.

“So many of our youth come to us having been evaluated for medications that will help aid them in their emotional and behavioral struggles,” said President Gary Faircloth. “These carts are providing wellness care for the underprivileged children on our campus.”

“We are also very grateful for all the support provided to us by Pharmacist Ben Sauls of Village Prescription Center. Ben is a great partner who works to see that all of the med needs for our children are met.”

Thanks to funding provided by International Paper, Charlotte Woman’s Club and Wilmington Woman’s Club, the nine M-Series M4PC Punch Card Medication Carts have been placed in each of the cottages on campus.

“We are grateful that these organizations were willing to provide funding for this project that increases uniformity of medication storage and distribution,” said Development Director Mike Garrell. “While we already have medication audits on a regular basis, these carts provide another level of security to ensure safety protocols are maintained.”

The computer and scanner attached to each cart allows for the B&GH staff to more accurately track the intake and output of medications for each child.

“This is a need we’ve had for a while,” said Health Care Specialist Patricia Williamson. “Approximately 82 percent of the children on our campus require daily medications. While our staff receives extensive medication training, these carts provide consistency across the campus and allows for even better documentation.”

Williamson is also hopeful that these carts will help move through the process of removing medication for those youth who have learned other ways to process the trauma that they have experienced.

“Med management is also about creating the path to take medication away over time as the child’s healing continues,” said Williamson. “With these carts, we will be able to make the changes in a more systematic way and track the progress through the documentation. It is all about finding the best way to care for the child before us.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.