The 2020 Annual Campaign
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Only six months into 2020, this year has proved to be a challenging one as we collectively grapple with a global pandemic in the midst of recovering from two natural disasters in 2019. We are committed to serving our patients, many of whom live with limited finances and cope with serious health challenges as they shelter-in-place.
West County Health Centers is fortunate to have a team of dedicated healthcare providers and support staff who were able to adapt quickly to deliver essential healthcare services via virtual visits (over 9,000 telehealth visits since March!), offer drive-thru testing, and ramp up behavioral health and wellness services that focus on prevention and healing to address the psychosocial cost of this pandemic. “Diseases of Isolation” (substance use, decompensated mental illness, domestic violence, suicidality, social isolation) are complicated by a worsening economic burden, and are increasing at significant rates as people remain isolated from communities of support. We will continue to offer comprehensive care to meet the profound healthcare needs of our community during this time.
“I found out that the Occidental Health Center has again risen to the crisis. I have needed and attained several “phone” visits that have helped me greatly to physically and emotionally manage my needs in this pandemic period, and to assess my medical condition.”—Rick Concoff, Sebastopol resident and Occidental Area Health Center supporter
West County Health Centers was founded over 40 years ago by communities who believed that access to healthcare is a human right and that collective community action is the most effective tool to bring about lasting change. Today, we carry that vision forward as we stand against all forms of prejudice. We view racism and other forms of discrimination as healthcare issues, both in terms of the inequitable structure of the healthcare system, and unequal health outcomes. The disparities seen in communities of color during this pandemic highlight pernicious, systemic barriers and inequities in healthcare, that have been present for generations, and will require authentic, purposeful, and courageous action to confront and to overcome.
“We work hard to make health care accessible to the most vulnerable patients in our community. I feel very blessed to work with an organization that is taking the time to ask deeper questions about structural racism and health inequalities and be open to solutions.”—Dr. Steve Bromer, Co-Chief Medical Officer
This pandemic has had a direct financial impact on our organization. We waived co-pays and sliding scale fees, cutting over $140,000 in revenue. The cost to implement telehealth services was $130,000, and the reimbursement difference between telehealth and in-person visits for Medicare has resulted in a reimbursement differential of $130,000. Further, we dramatically reduced non-emergent dental services, in accordance with CDC guidelines, resulting in $115,000 loss. A more comprehensive overview of our response to the pandemic is enclosed.
During this unprecedented moment in our local and global history, I want to thank you for your generous support for our mission to provide healthcare for all. Your support is critical to our success and is part of the framework of collective community action and social justice. I hope that we can count on you to help us safeguard access to comprehensive, quality, accessible medical, dental, and behavioral health services for our communities. Please consider making a donation TODAY to support the WCHC response to COVID-19.
Dr. Jason Cunningham
Chief Executive Officer
The Annual Campaign
Every year West County Health Centers launches an annual fundraising campaign to help provide medical, dental, and mental health care for our uninsured patients. Our Annual campaign allows us to continue serving thousands of low-income and uninsured community members. In support of West County Health Centers, all of our Board of Directors and 84% of our staff have given gifts to the Annual Campaign.
Our Annual Campaign begins with a “Family Campaign” that includes our Board of Directors and our Staff, with a goal of 100% participation. Our next phase is the “Neighbors in Health Campaign ” where major donors of gifts over $5,000 are sought and given special recognition for their support. This phase also includes challenge gifts from major donors with the expectation of matching gifts from other donors. The final phase of our Annual Campaign is the “Network of Health” where we reach out to a broad range of people, including patients, who may be able to make smaller gifts.
All gifts matter and we greatly appreciate any contribution that will help us provide a medical home and empower patients and staff to build healthy lives and communities.
Gifts to West County Health Centers’s Annual Campaign will:
- Subsidize the cost of uncompensated services such as lab fees
- Increase access to health care and decrease health disparities among specific targeted populations including Latinos, seniors and HIV positive individuals.
- Assure equal access to quality health services
- Promote healthy lifestyles through targeted outreach and prevention focused activities for adolescents and other at-risk populations
- Strengthen and expand existing dental, counseling and primary medical care services
- Expand and improve disease management programs in priority clinical areas including diabetes, HIV, chronic pain, peri-natal services, cardiovascular disease, asthma, hepatitis C and substance use treatment
- Improve use of information technology to support clinical quality improvements
What impact can your gift have?
- $500 will provide medication, supplies and health education for a diabetic patient for one year.
- $750 will provide 10 sessions of counseling or therapy for a depressed teenager.
- $1,000 will provide pre-natal care and vitamins for an expectant mother.
- $1,500 will provide 10 mental health crisis interventions that could prevent a psychiatric hospitalization or self-destructive behavior.
- $2,500 will provide dental screenings, x-rays and cleanings for 25 uninsured children.
- $5,000 will provide monthly support groups for patients with Hepatitis C for one year.
- $10,000 will provide 125 visits for homebound seniors.
- $25,000 will provide outreach and medical services to care for the homeless for ten hours a week for one year.