At Saint Luke's East Hospital, patients have more resources—from a medication assistance program to cancer support materials—thanks to private donations.
A Helping Hand
At Saint Luke's East, we treat a growing number of patients who lack health insurance and the ability to pay. Often, they are between jobs, are self-employed, or they work for small businesses that don’t offer insurance. Without preventive care, their health problems escalate.
In 2007, donors in the community responded to our plea to launch a Medication Assistance Program. Thanks to community support, we hired a part-time social worker to implement the program.
She works hand in hand with staff who discharge patients to make sure they have the medicine they need, either through pharmacy drug assistance programs or other resources. She also matches each patient with a primary care doctor for follow up.
A Boost for Breast Cancer Patients
When a patient has breast cancer, a quick diagnosis and access to the highest quality treatment is of paramount importance. Patients and their families also need educational and emotional support services that are essential to helping them cope and heal.
In 2009, the hospital unveiled its new Center for Breast Care, featuring specially trained staff and the latest in breast imaging equipment.
With the help of private contributions—including proceeds from October's inaugural "Boo Ball"—efforts are underway to establish a Resource Center in the breast center, providing patients and families with educational and emotional support services.