Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders

by Patient Assist VI, Inc.
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders
Provide a Year of Medicine to 50 Virgin Islanders

Happy Spring!

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!

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Team Instructions for Hunt for a Cure
Team Instructions for Hunt for a Cure

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. 

Fantastic MDs at STEEMC!
Fantastic MDs at STEEMC!
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Partnering with St Thomas Long Term Recovery!
Partnering with St Thomas Long Term Recovery!

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! 

Our partners at East End Medical Center at work!
Our partners at East End Medical Center at work!
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Local healthcare providers make such a difference!
Local healthcare providers make such a difference!

Our campaign continues to raise funds to assist Virgin Islanders in attaining medication that would otherwise be cost prohibitive. The last few months have seen unprecented growth! Our mission is to ease the financial burden patients face when contemplating having to choose between their basic living expenses and the medications to keep them healthy. Did you know that a $100 donation can provide insulin for a year to a patient in need? Out of pocket that same insulin would cost the patient on average over $5,000! 

Patient Spotlight for this quarter: A patient's wife recently stated "I don't know what we would do without your help! We never could have afforded this medication." This patient is hard-working and a great provider for his family. Unfortunately, a medical emergency followed by a DVT in his leg took him out of the workforce. With no insurance and no means to buy his $600 a month life-saving medication, they turned to Patient Assist, VI. We were successful in applying for and receiving his medication at NO COST to the patient! He is now able focus on getting healthy and returning to work.

Without our generous and supportive donors, we would not be able to assist these patients. Thank you for continuing to support Patient Assist VI. Your donations truly make a difference in so many lives!

Local pharmacy partners!
Local pharmacy partners!


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Patient Assist VI, Inc.

Location: St. Thomas - Virgin Islands
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Project Leader:
LaAsia Campbell
St. Thomas, VI Virgin Islands
$146,641 raised of $200,000 goal
163 donations
$53,359 to go
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