Over $60,000 was raised for construction and equipment for the Patient Food Pantry. Thanks to support from the Foundation, the pantry will provide eligible patients with the disease-specific food boxes at discharge so that they can recover at home with less of a chance of readmission. The Foundation continues to raise funds to be used for foods, additional equipment needs and hopefully an expansion to help more patients in the future.
The Community Paramedic Program provides wellness interventions in the home to improve patient outcomes and decrease ED utilizations. This program helps patients better manage their chronic diseases and make sure they follow up with Primary Care. The foundation raised $76,000 to expand the program to three full time paramedics and purchase an additional vehicle. Funds will continue to be raised to further support the Community Paramedic Program.
Many of our patients experience financial challenges while receiving the medical care they need to heal. The Patient Assistance Program is designed to help patients in need with expenses related to their health, such as medications, medial equipment, co-pays, supplements, transportation assistance and home safety modifications. Undesignated gifts and gifts through our Lights of Love program are used to support our Patient Assistance Fund.
The Foundation and Hospital value continuing education for our staff. Foundation funds are used for the Health Scholars Virtual Learning Environment, Advanced Stroke Life Support Training and Junior Volunteer Scholarships. Donors also support specialized training equipment such as the ultrasound central line training mannequin. The Foundation also supports the Zipf Professional Development Fund that provides support to staff who wish to continue their education and training in their field.