News Release Date : 12/08/2011
Center of HOPE Receives $15,000 Grant
St. Mary's of Michigan Center of HOPE received a $15,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as part of its initiative to support the uninsured and underinsured residents of Michigan.
The grant has allowed the Center of HOPE to enhance their Pharmacy Assistance Program, Parish Nursing and Community Navigation along with the addition of a Health Promotion Educator. The Center provides one place for clients to seek resources. HOPE represents all of the free services available to the community in a one-stop shopping atmosphere - Health, Opportunity, Pharmacy Assistance and Education.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has provided approximately $7 million in grants since 2005 to help free clinics with daily operations and to enhance the services they provide. "Free clinics play a vital role in Michigan's health care system because they serve as a safety net for the uninsured and provide quality health care to people who need it the most," said Lynda Rossi, Blues vice president of Social Mission, Public Affairs and Office of the President. "These clinics also help reduce the need for expensive emergency room care and often provide patients with valuable health education and chronic disease management."
Blue Cross Blue Shield is committed to increasing access to quality health care services and to improving the health status of all Michigan residents. Since the opening of the Center of HOPE in February 2010, thousands of patients have received help; 2,947 community navigation linkages, 1,775 pharmacy assistance patients, 2,698 prescriptions filled and over 700 medical home referrals.
The Center of HOPE is located at 723 Emerson, behind the main medical center.