Care for the Medically Underserved

NorthShore's Care for the Medically Underserved provides a safety net for the underserved of our communities

To ensure that all residents in our communities have access to quality and compassionate healthcare, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) subsidizes care to qualifying patients whose incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, or are uninsured. This fund allows NorthShore to provide a healthcare safety net to the underserved members of our communities.

The Charity Care and Community Service Fund helps NorthShore put into action its commitment to the community. In 2012, NorthShore provided nearly $24 million in charity care to its patients. 

If you are interested in making a charitable contribution to this fund, please contact Lisa Rietmann at 224.364.7230 or give online.

Be Well-Lake County

NorthShore's Community Partnership with the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center.

It is estimated that 8 percent of residents living in Lake Country are battling diabetes. To address this severe health problem in our neighboring communities and as part of its mission "to preserve and improve human life," NorthShore launched Be Well-Lake County. This community health initiative is committed to providing greater access to comprehensive diabetes care and education for medically underserved patients. NorthShore is collaborating with the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC) in North Chicago to fund this diabetes education and treatment program. Be Well-Lake County offers a coordinated network of healthcare services to deserving patients and their families.

NorthShore Foundation, the leading philanthropic entity of the institution, raises charitable contributions, engages volunteer friends and invests in community partnerships. If you are interested in making charitable contributions to this fund, please contact Lisa Rietmann at 224.364.7230 or give online.

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"Honestly, if I didn’t get help with paying for these drugs, I don’t think I’d be here." Click here to read Jeff Ingeson's story

Medication Assistance Program

NorthShore's Medication Assistance Program (MAP) offers aid to patients who need help paying for prescription drugs. Financial support for prescription drugs for these patients can make a significant difference in their well-being and lives.

Prescription drugs are often the mainstay of therapy for patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, heart failure, diabetes and asthma. When patients stop taking their medications as prescribed, their health can deteriorate to the point that they seek emergency room care and often end up being hospitalized. Unfortunately, prescription drugs continue to be the single greatest out-of-pocket healthcare expense. When faced with the costs related to filling and taking prescriptions, some patients simply stop taking their medication, take partial doses or try to stretch their medications in other ways. More than 36,000 MAP prescriptions were filled for Evanston Hospital Outpatient Clinic patients in 2012, at a cost of nearly $885,000.

If you would like to make a charitable contribution so that more people can be helped by MAP, please contact Lisa Rietmann at 224.364.7230 or give online.

Perinatal Family Support Center

NorthShore's Perinatal Family Support Center provides a wide array of services to women and their families experiencing challenges related to pregnancy, birth, prematurity or perinatal loss. Clinical staff members are skilled at recognizing the profound impact of medically high-risk pregnancies or births as well as assessing the impact of complex psychosocial issues on the family unit. Using a relationship focused model of care, social workers work hand-in-hand with nurses and physicians to provide patients and families needed assessment, crisis intervention, emotional support and linkage to community resources while promoting family stability. The program serves approximately 1,800 families annually and is strength-based and culturally sensitive. Services are provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings and include support and education groups, sibling tours and a literacy program in the Child and Adolescent Clinic.

If you are interested in making a charitable contribution to this fund, please contact Lauren Bergquist, Assistant Vice President of Fund Development, at 224.364.7214 or give online.

If you are interested in becoming more involved, visit The Associate Board and learn more about their Associate Board Emergency Family Fund.

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