Wow, here at Patient Assist VI, we cannot believe that Fall is officially upon us! This year has flown by. We've been waiting to write this report as we have some incredible news - Patient Assist VI is a proud recipient of the Island Spirit Fund! This fund generously gives back to organizations in the Virgin Islands and we could not be prouder to have been chosen.
Our day to day operations continue to serve the uninsured of the US Virgin Islands. Our patient volumes on St. John have seen an increase over the last few months and we continue to partner with Chelsea Drug Store and Rx Outreach to make sure all of our patients have access to their medication. The demand for insulin partnerships with various pharmaceutical companies remains high and our team works hard to acquire insulin at no cost directly from the manufacturer.
We hope this note finds you and your family well and ready for a peaceful holiday season. We appreciate your ongoing support of PAVI and the patients we serve.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the summer season! Here at PAVI we are continuing to provide medications to our patients and work closely with our nearly 30 providers across the territory! Coming up in a few weeks we have the 2021 Bonus Day through GlobalGiving. This is a great opportunity to make your dollars go even further. You'll receive additional information as we get closer to the date.
As restrictions start to be lifted in some areas I ask that you keep our patients, especially those most vulnerable, in your thoughts. I thank each of you for your continued support of Patient Assist VI and dedication to those in the most need in our community.
I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of this new year! (Despite the harsh weather many of you might be facing this last week!)
At PAVI we have been full steam ahead since the year began. We have a wonderful new patient advocate, LaAsia, who is doing incredible work with our patients. She's native to the US Virgin Islands and has a true passion for caring for this community.
We finished 2020 with record-breaking numbers! Our patients received more than $605,000 worth of medications and we obtained more than 1,000 prescriptions! Since PAVI began in 2012, we have been able to provide over $2.8 million worth of medications to patients in the territory. It will be wonderful to celebrate the $3 million milestone in 2021!
Thank you to all of our supporters who make it possible for us to accomplish our mission - to ensure no patient has to choose between their basic living needs and the mediations they need to stay healthy and alive. Without you, this would not be possible.
Warmest regards and wishes for an incredible 2021!
PS, the photos included with this quarter's update are of medical supply donations PAVI obtained from a generous donor and were then divided between three organizations on St. Thomas (The Queen Louise Home for the Aged, Yellow Cedar Residence, and Bethlehem Shelter).
For this quarter's reporting, I want to take time to highlight some of the amazing accomplishments of Patient Assist VI in 2020. Did you know that we have acquired over 800 prescriptions for our patients this year? With a retail value nearing $500,000 this has been a year of great service to our community. These 800 prescriptions represent PAVI's ability to maintain the course and focus on our mission, which is to ensure no one is forced to choose between their basic living expenses and the medications required to stay healthy and productive.
Thanks to a generous grant, we were able to purchase and mail masks to our senior patients. Not only do we want to keep them safe and assist them with following mask guidelines, we also wanted to make sure they know they are cared about. Each senior received a letter reminding them that we are here and we care about their health and well-being. The response from our patients has been incredible!
We continue to receive referrals for patients who are out of work due to the pandemic. Many of these patients work at local resorts as housekeepers and maintenance staff. During this furlough or lay-off period, they have lost their access to health insurance. I am so grateful for our donors for ensuring we are able to continue providing for these needs.
As the end of the year quickly approaches, I want to thank each of you for supporting our mission and our patients. The PAVI team appreciates you and our patients appreciate you. Without your generouos support, we would not be able to continue doing this important work.
Wow - 2020 has not been what I expected it to be! I know this rings true for most people. Despite the health and economic challenges that our community has faced, I am humbled by the outpouring of assistance and positivity from our PAVI supporters and patients.
Recently, PAVI was able to partner with the St. Thomas Recovery Team and Chelsea Drug Store to provide medical supplies to USVI residents in Covid-positive households! A huge thank you to Chelsea Drug Store for always helping PAVI advocate for our patients and those in need in the USVI. (pictured left to right: Angela Beall (PAVI), Imani Daniel (STRT), Toya Duran (Chelsea Drug Store) )
While we continue to serve our patients, we continue to grow. Due to Covid's impact on the local economy, we are receiving record numbers of referrals for assistance. Many of these patients had just returned to work at the beginning of the year to the resorts that finally reopened after the storms. They have now been furloughed again and need help. PAVI will continue to support them during this trying time.
On July 15 PAVI will participate in GlobalGiving's Bonus Day! For all donations greater than $100, PAVI will receive a percentage match! This is such a great opportunity and PAVI could earn up to an additional $3,000 in matching funds! We would love for you to participate! An email reminder will also go out that morning.
As always, thank you for supporting PAVI. Our organization and patients appreciate all you do for them. Thank you for believing in this community!
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