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Bay Medical volunteers contribute more than $100k to non-profits

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The Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System’s Auxiliary recently presented checks totaling $102,800 to three organizations who serve the healthcare needs of Bay County residents.
Organizations receiving the funds included the St. Andrew Community Medical Center, BayCares, Inc., and Second Chance of Northwest Florida. St. Andrews received the largest donation. The groups will use the funds to serve specialty needs and the underserved in the community.
St. Andrew Community Medical Center is a volunteer and donor supported not-for-profit medical clinic. Volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and others provide free primary care for low-income chronically ill patients. St. Andrew will use the donation to fund medications and supplies dispensed through its pharmacy. Patients receiving these items have diabetes, cardiac and hypertension, dyslipidemia, COPD and other life-threatening and debilitating issues.
BayCares, Inc. is a healthcare access program which addresses the specialty needs of uninsured residents in a 10-county area in the Florida Panhandle. The program fills a critical gap in healthcare access to those who may otherwise not receive care or seek help in emergency rooms. BayCares will use the donation to develop a Web-based case management system so that cases can be reported, tracked and evaluated electronically. The new system will include a community portal accessible to providers.
Second Chance of Northwest Florida is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of adults living with traumatic or acquired brain injuries. Second Chance will use the donation to help fund its day program for adults with brain injuries. The program assists patients by offering training and classes in memory and cognitive skills; social and life skills; computer; pre-vocational skills; and money management and other skills training.
These organizations serve literally thousands of people with healthcare needs in our community,” said Michele Moore, director of Auxiliary services at Bay Medical. “Our volunteers are all very excited to have been able to help further the mission of these organizations.”

The Auxiliary, the medical center’s volunteer services arm, raises funds through special fund-raising efforts during the year. The donations were presented during the Auxiliary luncheon in Holley Lecture Hall on the FSU Panama City campus.

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