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!
In 2019 Patient Assist VI served more patients than ever before, and 2020 has already continued to illustrate the need for assistance. Within the first two weeks of the new year, PAVI received 13 referrals! PAVI continues to receive referrals for patients impacted by the hurricanes of 2017. While much of the USVI is back to pre-storm levels, there are homes and places of work that are not. Our advocates continue to work tirelessly to obtain medications for our patients.
PAVI is now partnering with the Department of Health's Community Clinic at Schneider Regional Hospital to ensure patients are given the opportunity to learn about the program and receive the medications they desperately require. These community based partnerships are vital to the population PAVI serves and PAVI looks forward to additional outreach throughout the year.
Thank you to all of our continued supporters and donors. Your contributions allow Patient Assist VI to continue to expand and serve those in need. No doubt 2020 will be a great year for PAVI!
It seems surreal that we are in the last month of 2019. This past year has seen unprecedented growth within Patient Assist VI. We are servicing more patients than ever before and continue to receive referrals for new patients each week. Because of our amazing and generous donors, we have been able to add an additional 75 patients this year alone! These new patients are from across the territory: St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix. Being able to expand throughout the territory has been a goal and a need since the program began.
Many of our patients continue to wait for the hotels to reopen so that they can go back to work. One of the major hotels in St. Thomas is slated to reopen in October 2020 - more than 3 years after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
Mid October we partnered with Cancer Support Virgin Islands (CSVI) for the 1st Annual Hunt for a Cure, sponsored by The Tropical Treasure Hunt Company. The event was a great success and not only raised funds for both organizations but also allowed the community to learn more about Patient Assist VI. (see pictures from the event!)
If you're looking to make any end of year donations, please consider Patient Assist VI in your giving. We, and our patients, appreciate your support.
So, as the year runs out and we prep for continued growth in 2020, we want to say THANK YOU to all who have donated and supported our organization and mission. Knowing that our patients are not saddled with the financial burden of affording their medication creates a feeling of satisfaction and the knowledge that Patient Assist VI truly does make a difference in the community.
As the height of hurricane season arrives, we are all feeling slightly vulnerable. Watching the devastation that was unleashed by Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas has been horrific. And yet, we remain grateful for what we have and how much we have built since Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
Patient Assist VI's patient volume and number of prescriptions obtained have continued to rise. Our patients' ability to remain compliant with their medications, even during uncertain times, is of paramount importance. Stress, fatigue, and anxiety all play a role in a patient's overall well-being. We continue to commit our services to relieving the cost burden associated with obtaining medications. Our patients' backgrounds vary, but their desire to be healthy, happy, and contribute to their community is steadfast. Throughout 2019, we have successfully obtained over 600 prescriptions at no cost to our patients!
Patient testimonial: Ms. H lost her job as a housekeeper at a large hotel after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Her job loss also resulted in a loss of health insurance benefits. Although she has been able to work odd jobs, her employer has not yet re-opened. Our work with Ms. H has allowed her to obtain her insulin at no cost from the manufacturer and working with our local pharmacy partner, she pays nothing for her oral medications, as well! Patient Assist will continue to work with Ms. H until she is able to return to work. Per Ms. H, "you all [Pt Assist] are a lifesaver! I didn't know how else to pay for my meds! This program has truly saved my life".
Without the generous donations from individuals and corporations, we could not continue to work with Ms. H and so many patients like her. We are truly grateful for every donation received!
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