Worcester-based Non-Profit Will Continue Supporting
Health and Wellness Programs in Central and Metro West Massachusetts

The Reliant Foundation recently announced that it has transitioned its status from the charitable affiliate of Reliant Medical Group to an independent operation. The Worcester-based 501(c)3 non-profit will continue to serve the communities in Central and Metro West Massachusetts, and the organization’s mission remains unchanged.

“This new chapter in our Foundation’s story is one of great promise and potential,” says Thomas J. Sullivan, new board chair of the Foundation. “We will continue supporting critical health and wellness programs across the region, and our grant-making ability will grow immensely in our new form.”

While the Foundation’s mission remains intact, there are several changes taking place as a result of this transition. The Foundation has relocated its offices from 100 Front Street to 120 Front Street in Worcester, and the composition of its Board of Directors has evolved. The Board is now fully comprised of community members, and no longer includes physicians and employees of Reliant Medical Group. Such things as email addresses and phone numbers for Reliant Foundation staff have also changed, with the new information to be made available soon at reliantfoundation.org

Sullivan says that all donations made previously to the Foundation will continue to support the organization’s mission. The Foundation, which is receiving the net proceeds from the recently completed Reliant Medical Group and Optum combination, will continue to work with a proven group of financial advisors to maintain the sound, fiscal well-being and grant-making capabilities of the organization for years to come.

“Our focus over the next several months will be to continue community outreach, assess opportunities to positively impact critical public health programs, and to engage the leaders of key community partners to better understand and address the health-related needs of their constituents,” says Kelsa Zereski, newly-named president of the Foundation. Zereski previously served as the director of philanthropy at Reliant Medical Group, overseeing the activities of the Reliant Medical Group Foundation for more than 10 years.

More information about the Foundation, its mission, and how community non-profit programs can apply for a grant, can be found at reliantfoundation.org.

About The Reliant Foundation

Established in 1988 as a public charity, the Reliant Foundation (formerly operated as the Reliant Medical Group Foundation) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals of all ages in the Central and Metro West regions of Massachusetts. As a 501(c)3 charity, the Foundation offers grants to non-profit organizations within its service area for the purpose of supporting programs that battle critical public health issues like the opioid epidemic, children’s mental health and childhood obesity. For more information, please visit www.reliantfoundation.org.