Saint Michael’s Foundation
Patient Services Fund Removes Barriers to Healthcare for Young Children in Stevens Point Community
I love my child. As a nine year old, Johnny enjoys 4th grade here in Stevens Point but he has struggled this year. Because of his inability to focus and his struggles in the classroom, he has fallen further and further behind. We tried many things to help him, but his problem wasn’t something he could control.
My husband and I spoke with his teacher and together, we decided that seeing a pediatrician would be the best thing for him so he could be screened to determine the cause of his problems in school.
We both have jobs that we are proud of, but neither of our jobs offer health insurance. So, when we arrived for Johnny’s appointment and were told the out of pocket costs of the visit, we had to make the difficult decision to leave. We have a lot of expenses, and make only a little more than minimum wage, so we simply couldn’t afford the appointment and most likely knew we couldn’t afford the medication he probably needed. So there was no appointment, no answers for our son and we had little hope.
Luckily, Johnny’s teacher connected us with a family outreach coordinator who got in touch with Saint Michael’s Foundation. Because of donors, like you, we were able to get our 9 year old the help he desperately needed. Through the donor-supported Patient Services Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation, Johnny was connected to a pediatrician, given a diagnosis and received prescription medication that he so urgently needed.
Our son is doing so much better in the class – because of you. We are so grateful to you and your generosity to our family.
Because of the generosity of people like you, the Patients Services Fund fulfills Saint Michael’s Hospital mission of serving all persons with special attention to the poor and the vulnerable.
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