(Stevens Point, WI) – December is a wonderful time to reflect on the many lives touched through the work of Saint Michael’s Foundation. Through support of donors, patients have access to programs like the Medication Assistance Program, that aid in the healing process.
The Medication Assistance Program (MAP) of Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group provides emergency assistance to hundreds of patients each year who are unable to afford basic medications, medical supplies and health insurance co-payments.
Program coordinators, with the help of Saint Michael’s Foundation, have two goals; to help all patients needing medication assistance and to raise $25,000 to sustain the program for the needs of future patients.
Funding for the MAP’s Medication Cost Relief Program has recently been more difficult to acquire, and the program is in the unfortunate position of denying help to patients in need. The Medication Cost Relief Program supports patients by paying for prescribed medications and supplies through local pharmacies. Financial support for the Medication Cost Relief Program is solely through grants, including support from Saint Michael’s Foundation, and charitable donations.
“Having to choose between feeding a family and purchasing prescription medication is a reality,” shared Nicole Rineck, Medication Assistance Program Coordinator. “Support to the Medication Assistance Program makes healing a real possibility and has become an urgent need in our community.”
Four new patients seeking assistance for short-term medication/medical supplies walk into the MAP office, located at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital, each week.
“A gift of $125 or more to the MAP program can make an impact on the lives of at least two new patients seeking medication assistance,” stated Angie Heuck, Saint Michael’s Foundation Director. “Many of these patients have nowhere else to turn and are faced with having to make difficult choices.”
Medication Assistance Program by the numbers
– Served over 1,300 patients
– Over $12,500 in assistance provided to 215 patients in 2013
– Approximately $62 in assistance provided per patient
– 96% of patients are Portage County residents
– 63% of patients are 49 years old or younger
Other programs supported through Saint Michael’s Foundation include; the Angel Fund, Breast Care Center Fund, Cardiac Arrest Survivor Fund, Ministry Dental Center, Homecare/Hospice, Project Embrace ™, Vetter Family Alzheimer’s Fund and others.
For more information on other programs and services, or to make a donation, contact Saint Michael’s Foundation, 715.343.3259, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ministryhealth.org/smfoundation.