St. Margaret’s Foundation Announces Over $ 721,000 in Grants to Support Patient Services, Education, Transportation
The St. Margaret’s Foundation announced on December 14 that it will provide $ 721,688 in grants to promote patient access and education and to improve the patient experience.
The largest prize – $ 309,940 – will go to the Rod Rutkowski Bed Fund and patient transportation through managed care services. The Care Management shuttle offers outgoing patients a trip to their home. The grant extends the shuttle service to seven days a week, 12 hours a day and evenings.
The Rutkowski Bed Fund is an emergency fund intended to help patients who are underinsured or uninsured for items that are not covered by insurance, such as equipment, prescriptions, transportation, interpreters, temporary nursing care, wheelchair ramps, etc.
âThe reason we exist is because when you’re sick it’s hard enough without having to worry about whether you have to go for chemotherapy or treatment, or if you can afford the expensive drugs,â home oxygen, walkers, insulin and other items you need that are not covered by insurance, âsaid Mary Lee Gannon, president of the foundation. âWe are here to lighten the burden. “
The foundation is also providing $ 110,000 for free shuttle services for seniors.
The foundation’s Free Rides for Seniors shuttle provides free rides to all seniors living in Blawnox, Lower Aspinwall and Sharpsburg in the Route 28 area at the Allegheny River. The shuttle takes people to the grocery store, pharmacy, UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital and doctor’s offices, to visit friends, funeral homes, discount stores and other necessary places within its limits. This shuttle is in partnership with North Hills Community Outreach. Call 412-449-0151 to request a ride.
The Etna Shuttle, Tarentum “Free Rides for Seniors” provides medical transport for able-bodied seniors aged 60 and over living in Cheswick, Springdale, Tarentum, Brackenridge, Natrona Heights, Etna, Millvale, Oakmont and Verona. The shuttle stops at these senior residences: Amber Woods, Springdale Manor, Rachel Carson Hall, Golden Towers, Dalton’s Edge, Brackenridge Hall, Harrison High Rise, Etna Commons, Lloyd McBride Apartments, Alverno Apartments, Beechwood Commons I and II and Munroe Tours. Transportation is provided to and from UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Harmar Outpatient Center, UPMC Natrona Heights, UPMC Renaissance Family Practice, Dr. Singh and Associates and other UPMC physician offices along the route. This shuttle is in partnership with North Hills Community Outreach. People can call 412-449-0151 to request a ride.
A grant of $ 85,000 funds a free medical shuttle to the Alle-Kiski Valley: residents of all ages can benefit from free, non-emergency medical transport service to and from St. Margaret’s Hospital, offices primary care physicians from UPMC and other UPMC diagnostic centers in Arnold, Brackenridge, Creighton, Lower Burrell, Natrona, Natrona Heights, New Kensington (including Parnassus), Russellton and Tarentum. This shuttle is in partnership with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. People can call 724-889-0029 to request a ride.
A $ 45,000 grant helps fund free valet parking for disabled patients to improve accessibility to the hospital and medical arts buildings for medical treatment, care and other hospital services. This service is available at entrance C of UPMC St. Margaret. Valet parking can help with wheelchairs and walkers, and can coordinate assistance in getting patients to their appointment destinations.
Other grants will provide patient pantry support, provide an effective communication iPad for people with disabilities; robotic pets to relieve anxiety in patients with dementia and other disabilities; 20 additional sun loungers for a total of 50 funded by the foundation so that family members can spend the night with their loved one; exterior ramps allowing wheelchair patients to enter their homes, sleep sound systems; eyeglasses; portable games and other comfort items for patients.