2008 Report the Community

Aurora and Corporate partners successfully working together

A corporate match partner helped Aurora Health Care raise over $100,000 in Manitowoc County for Aurora VNA services for the underserved.

At the start of 2008, the Ruth St. John & John Dunham West Foundation of Manitowoc County challenged the Aurora Health Foundation to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31 for Aurora Visiting Nurse Association services for the underserved in the county. If the goal was met, the West Foundation promised to match that amount.

On Nov. 28, the $50,000 goal was attained and exceeded, resulting in more than $105,000 being raised.

Philanthropy caregivers used a number of strategies to engage the Manitowoc community in the challenge effort. Motivated by the fact that their donation would help their neighbors and would be doubled by the West Foundation, approximately 290 individuals, local businesses and Aurora caregivers supported the initiative. Exceeding the fundraising goal with time to spare illustrates that Aurora's communities are as anxious to support us as we are to support them.

Upon learning that the challenge goal was met, Candace Hennessy, President of the Aurora VNA, said, "I am absolutely thrilled and grateful to the West Foundation, the large number of residents, businesses and Aurora caregivers of Manitowoc County who have risen to this challenge to ensure that underserved residents will have access to Lifeline® and/or MD.2, which are Aurora VNA services so critical to quality patient care and safety."

There is a waiting list of over 100 individuals in Manitowoc County who do not have the financial ability to pay for important Lifeline® and MD.2 services, which are not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most insurance companies. Lifeline is a medical alert service that helps maintain independence and peace of mind for people of all ages. With a simple touch of a button, at any time of day or night, the user is in voice contact with a personal response associate within 20 seconds.

MD.2 helps people with complicated medication regimens stay safer in their homes by minimizing the risk of medication errors. This Personal Medication System holds up to 60 doses of medication and can be programmed to dispense medication up to six times every 24 hours. It is especially effective for those of any age with a complicated medication schedule, individuals with mild memory impairments, behavioral health issues or dexterity issues caused by arthritis, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or fractures.

The dollars raised will be used over the next three years to help underserved Manitowoc County residents afford these two life saving services. This successful community-based challenge showcases the value of Aurora Health Care as a partner in the health of our communities.

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