Highlands Hospital Announces Funding for Autism Programming

Highlands Hospital Announces Funding for Autism Programming


Connellsville , Pa. (August 18th, 2017) – John and Diane Carom, owners of Abby's Gold and Gems LLC in Uniontown are providing funding to Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism for a new program called “Evan's Destination Day Camp,” in memory of their son, Evan Carom.

Students attending Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism receive services in all areas of their academics, functional living skills, communication, socialization and behavior. Michelle Cunningham, hospital chief executive officer, says “this generous donation from John and Diane Carom enables us to incorporate off-site recreational day camp experiences during the summer months for our students.”

According to John Carom, “the family pledged $20,000 in Evan’s name because he had a special love working as a teacher’s aid and counselor with children that had autism for over eleven years at a summer camp in Pittsburgh. He was always looking for meaning in his life. When you hear of Evan’s Destination Day Camp, think of Evan and do something to help others.”

Director of Development for the hospital, Vicki Meier encourages other interested donors like the Carom Family to please consider investing time or resources to help Highlands Hospital complete its community oriented expansion of the former historic Zachariah Connell Elementary School Building; the new location for Highlands Hospital Regional Center for Autism. If you would like to learn more, please visit the hospital’s website at www.highlandshospital.org or call the development office at 724-626-2440 .

Highlands Hospital is an independent, non-profit hospital located in the picturesque Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania offering emergent, inpatient, behavioral and ambulatory care to the region and beyond. Residents are given tools for life-long health at the John P. Murtha Wellness Center. Highlands Hospital in affiliation with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Center for Autism helps to provide families with state-of-the art educational and behavioral treatment for autism. Highlands Hospital has proudly served the Behavioral Health needs of the community for over 30 years and has adopted a holistic approach to healing for the mind, body and soul of all patients. The hospital’s newest partnership is with WVU Heart & Vascular Institute. WVU’s presence at Highlands Hospital reinforces the hospital’s commitment of ensuring coordinated comprehensive care close to home. For more information, visit www.highlandshospital.org.

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