NRMC Foundation Provides Medication Fund

6/29/2018

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Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) Foundation recently donated $2000 to the NRMC Special Needs Fund. Managed by the Social Services Department, the Special Needs Fund is designated to assist uninsured or underinsured patients with the purchase of prescribed medications at the time of discharge from the hospital or its affiliated clinics.

Eligibility guidelines for participation in the program state that the patient must be a Vernon County resident and not have other possible means to pay for the needed medication. They may only request funding once in a six-month period (although this is dependent upon the situation of the patient and the discretion of social services). There is also an approximate limit-per-use of approximately $50.

Once deemed eligible for participation in the program, the patient is provided a voucher for the prescription to use at a participating pharmacy of their choice. Participating Nevada pharmacies include Walmart, Woods, Community Pharmacy and Auborn Pharmacy. The pharmacy is then reimbursed by NRMC through the Special Needs Fund.

“I would like to express the deep gratitude that Social Services has for the NRMC Foundation Board for their gracious donation of $2000 to our Special Need Fund,” said Samie McCullough, a social worker at NRMC. “Subsequently, we have been able to serve a greater abundance of our patients-in-need.  Since the donation on April 30 until today we have been able to assist 9 patients with their prescription drug costs totaling $376.  Compare that to the first four months of the year, during which time we helped 7 patients with their prescriptions drugs at a cost of $220 and one can easily see how much this has benefited our patients.  We are able to help prevent patients from having to return to the hospital due to the inability to take their medications.  This program is a win-win for the patients, the hospital, and Vernon County.”

Although this is the first time the NRMC Foundation has funded the program, the Special Needs Fund is not new to NRMC. In the past, funding for the program has come from a combination of generous donations from NRMC employees and the Nevada Rotary Club.

The NRMC Foundation is a non-profit organization which raises funds to help support patient care across the NRMC system including its rural health clinics and long-term care facilities. Throughout the year, fundraising events include the Caring with Pride Golf Classic, Designer Purse Bingo, Foundation Gala, and Tree of Shining Memories.

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About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.  To learn more, visit nrmchealth.com.

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