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Blue Cross Grant Supports Volunteers in Medicine

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By: Anthony Matrisciano
January 3, 2012
In the photo above, Michael K. Kowalski, MD, medical director, meets with Patricia Smiga, a patient at Volunteers in Medicine.

WILKES-BARRE – The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently awarded a $10,000.00 grant to Volunteers in Medicine to support diagnostic testing and lab services for uninsured adults in Luzerne County.

The Volunteers in Medicine clinic was established in downtown Wilkes-Barre in 2008.  It provides free primary and preventive health care to working individuals with a household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines who have no health insurance.  Blue Ribbon Foundation funds will be used to provide medically-necessary X-rays, mammograms, ultrasounds, lipid panels and MRIs to 475 patients.

About The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  It offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to approximately 600,000 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.

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania established its private, non-profit 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.