Community Care Fund
Beyond the Walls
Through the Community Care Fund at United Regional
United Regional has launched an initiative to create an environment that reaches beyond the walls of the hospital and clinics, and into the community, providing innovative care and services to some of the most vulnerable populations.
Food security, medication assistance, transportation services, and alignment with appropriate community services have been identified as a starting place to begin to address the social determinants of health.
The Transition Clinic at United Regional was developed as a primary intervention/prevention service to help with the overall wellness of our community.
- The Transition Clinic is made up of nurses, educators, a physician and social workers – helping to identify patients’ needs and align them with services to improve access to the right care at the right time.
- Staff makes arrangements for patients – many of whom make choices between having food to eat or the medication they need – to go into an assisting living facility for ongoing care, preventative services and wellness services.
- Our staff works with various community partners, who offer additional resources such as housing/utility assistance, job/technical training, home health services, wound care services, infusion services and mental health/behavioral health referrals.
The Community Care Fund allows donations to assist the needs for patients of the Transition Clinic.
- Federal regulations prohibit use of hospital funds for the provision of these supplies and services to Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare patients. Therefore, donations made to the Community Care Fund help ensure these supplies and services to ALL patients in need.
Supplies and services made available through the Community Care Fund include:
- Diabetic supply kits – Provides uninsured patient with insulin, syringes and testing supplies for 60 days.
- Food box program – Provides patients who frequently experience difficulty accessing the food necessary to maintain health and general well-being. United Regional has partnered with the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank to provide heart-healthy food boxes.
- Nebulizers – Nebulizers turn medication in to a mist that can be inhaled to treat lung diseases that make it very difficult to breathe.
- Medication assistance – United Regional and Guffey’s Pharmacy have partnered to provide medication necessary to maintain health and manage chronic illnesses.
- Transportation assistance – This program provides transportation for uninsured patients to obtain medical care and prescriptions.
- Hygiene kits – Provide basic items necessary to maintain good hygiene, thus preventing illness and infections from viruses and bacteria.
The Community Care Fund provides certain, specific supplies and services for patients once they leave the hospital, in order for them to improve their health and perhaps avoid returning to the hospital. The donations received through the Community Care Fund help ensure all patients get these post-hospital supplies and services.