Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation recently received funding from the Heart of Kentucky United Way to be used for Hope Clinic and Pharmacy’s projects in 2013.
“We are excited and extremely grateful for receiving this funding from the Heart of Kentucky United Way,” says Audrey L. Powell, executive director of the community services department at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. “Without this, we would not be able to support the needs of the patients in our communities.”
The Hope Clinic, 105 Daniel Drive in Danville, is a community partnership supported by Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Heart of Kentucky United Way, The Salvation Army, Boyle County Health Department, the Presbyterian Church of Danville and a number of other institutions, businesses and volunteers.
The clinic and pharmacy provide free medical care and prescription drugs to residents of Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Mercer and Washington counties who suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes or GERD. Patients cannot be covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, and they must be in the 150th percentile or less of the federal poverty guidelines.
During 2011, the clinic provided 223 patients with free health-care services, 4,453 prescriptions were written and 618 outpatient diagnostic or medical procedures were provided at no charge.
All patients seen in 2011 had high cholesterol, yet 73 percent of the male patients and 56 percent of the female patients reduced their cholesterol levels as a result of the care provided. Patients also reduced their high blood pressure as well as their elevated blood sugars leading to diabetes. For more information about the Hope Clinic and Pharmacy, call (859) 236-4473.