PeaceHealth employees give back to their community
PeaceHealth caregivers care about our community. They show their support by donating to local agencies that provide vital health care services through the Community Health Fund and United Way. At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, employees, local health agency partners, United Way and honored guests joined together at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend to celebrate collaboration and working toward a healthier community. This year, caregivers presented a check for the amount of $330,731, to United Way and the agencies supported through the Community Health Fund.
What is the Community Health Fund? When those without insurance have access to the medical care they need—before their condition snowballs into an emergency—it reduces health care costs for everyone. In Lane County, we are fortunate to have a strong network of local health agencies, who work tirelessly to care for all of the people who walk through their doors. The Community Health Fund provides financial assistance to these agencies.
PeaceHealth employees in Eugene, Springfield and Cottage Grove raised almost $75,000 for the Community Health Fund this year. The following community agencies will receive grants from the fund:
• Volunteers in Medicine
• HIV Alliance
• White Bird Medical and Dental
• Eugene Education Fund, school-based health centers
• Buckley House
In addition, caregivers donated close to $29,000 for other Sacred Heart funds, such as Hospice and the Courageous Kids program, Cottage Grove Community Hospital Foundation programs. United Way of Lane County will receive $227,000 for a total of $330,730.
Volunteers in Medicine
Volunteers In Medicine provides a free, comprehensive program of primary care, mental health services, prescription assistance, laboratory services and women's health care to low-income Lane County adults who have no health insurance and are ineligible for government health care programs.
Since 1994, HIV Alliance has offered counseling and testing services. It also operates a needle exchange program that allows people who inject drugs to get clean, sterile needles and return used needles—keeping used syringes off the streets and reducing the risk of HIV and Hepatitis C infection.
White Bird Medical and Dental Clinic
White Bird Medical Clinic provides low-cost medical treatment for people with severe financial needs. Funding from Sacred Heart underwrites the medications program, which provides vital medicines that improve and maintain the quality of life for patients. Commonly needed medications include diabetes supplies, insulin, metformin, hypertension medication and antibiotics—preventing illnesses from becoming life-threatening and requiring trips to an emergency room.
Eugene Education Fund, school-based health centers
Funding from Sacred Heart goes to support the school-based health centers which provide primary care, wellness exams, immunizations, medication for asthma and allergies and referrals for dental care and maintenance, vision services and specialty care.
Willamette Family Treatment Services—Buckley House
Buckley House helps those addicted to alcohol or drugs rehabilitate in a residential short-term treatment center. It is known as a safe and warm place to stay when there is nowhere else to turn. Counseling is available as well as information on recovery and addiction. There are special groups and programs for people with co-occurring mental health disorders and HIV/AIDS.
United Way of Lane County advances the common good for all Lane County, Oregon residents by investing in the building blocks for a good life—education, income and health.