Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation donates $35,000 for medicines

October 2, 2013

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has donated $35,000 to Camillus House to purchase medications that are needed for the treatment of persons who are homeless and who come to Camillus for comprehensive healthcare. More than 80% of the patients seen by Camillus’ medical staff are uninsured and have no resources to purchase the medications and medical supplies they need.

For persons who are poor and homeless, one of their first contacts with any homeless service in Miami-Dade County is through the Camillus emergency shelter. Individuals are offered access to a system of care which includes shelter, three meals daily, showers, clothing, case management and healthcare.

Upon arrival at Camillus House, each person undergoes an intake interview, an initial health assessment and, if necessary, a mental health assessment. Healthcare is provided by an on-site registered nurse and other medical providers from our sister agency, Camillus Health. Camillus Health provides a multidisciplinary range of primary, preventative, and supplemental health services for patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. Services include primary adult and pediatric medical care, respite care, podiatry, oral health, vision-screening, dermatology, mental health, and case management services.

“These health services are directly aligned with the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation’s priority of supporting health-related projects that assist individuals who are economically disadvantaged,” said Paul R. Ahr, Ph.D., President & CEO of Camillus House. “Individuals served by Camillus are among the most vulnerable in our community, suffering not only from homelessness, but also from chronic health problems, serious mental illness, addictions, and physical disabilities.”

The primary health care safety net for persons who are homeless in Miami-Dade County is relatively small and overburdened. As a result, the comprehensive care provided by the Camillus organization plays a crucial role in the health care system for persons who are homeless, including provision of health maintenance that helps this population receive their care outside of emergency rooms and hospital settings. Last year, Camillus Health provided more than 29,000 medical encounters serving over 4,500 patients.

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From left: Denise Goldson-Rau, Camillus House Vice President of Development; Paul R. Ahr, Ph.D., Camillus House President & CEO; Kim Greene, Executive Director, JT Macdonald Foundation, and Pat Forde, Camillus House Chief Nurse Clinician.