Pictured at the check presentation are: (from left to right) Cynthia Yevich, Executive Director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania and Andrea Matione, Director, The University of Scranton Edward R. Leahy Center Clinic for the Uninsured.
The University of Scranton Edward R. Leahy Center Clinic for the Uninsured recently received an $8,000 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania to support access to care for the uninsured.
Established in November 2007, the University's Leahy Center Clinic is a free clinic offering primary health care, physical therapy, and counseling services to uninsured patients of all ages. The Clinic will use the grant to purchase pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and immunizations that will serve no less than 750 uninsured individuals during the coming year.
“We expect that the accessibility of necessary pharmaceuticals will increase patient compliance with physician recommendations and that free immunizations with help reduce the need for clinic visits through preventive care,” said Andrea Mantione, Director of the Leahy Clinic. “We are grateful to The Blue Ribbon Foundation for making it possible for us to purchase these important supplies.”
About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BCNEPA) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.
BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. In more than a decade of service, The Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in grant funding to 195 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 193,000 at-risk individuals.