Boeing has donated $250,000, to be distributed over the next three years, to the JFK Clinic at Mercy Medical Center. The first installment has already been made to support equipment upgrades, high-cost pharmaceuticals, direct medical care, immunizations and ongoing support for some of the most vulnerable residents in the St. Louis community.
More than 31,000 eligible uninsured or under-insured patients receive comprehensive medical care, obstetrical services and low-cost prescriptions at the clinic, regardless of their ability to pay. They often face a combination of barriers including financial constraints, cultural limitations (language) and means of transportation.
“Offering a high level of service to the community is a crucial element of the mission and ministry of Mercy,” said Dr. Daniel Rey, director of internal medicine at Mercy’s JFK Clinic. “This support from Boeing will allow the JFK Clinic to continue operating in a comprehensive manner while improving our delivery of service in certain areas.”
The JFK Clinic also maintains an in-house pharmacy for patients that fills more than 120,000 prescriptions annually and operates under a $3.5 million budget for medicines underwritten by Mercy Medical Center.
Approximately $13,600 of the Boeing grant will be designated towards the JFK Pharmacy for a new system upgrade that will translate drug instructions and information into Spanish for non-English speaking patients. More than 50 percent of the total patient population at the JFK Clinic is non-English speaking and more than 40,000 prescriptions are filled each year requiring translation support.
“Boeing is proud to support Mercy and the JFK Clinic in their philanthropic efforts and outreach to the community,” said George Roman, vice president, Boeing State & Local Government Operations and St. Louis Regional Executive. “Our collaboration will ensure that patients and their families continue to receive the highest level of medical care available.”
The JFK Clinic also offers electronic health records for all patients that increase efficiencies and decrease duplicative testing. Patients have access to all services provided by Mercy Medical Center – all which honor JFK pricing structures.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis is a 979-bed comprehensive teaching hospital and one of the largest Catholic hospitals in the country. The 80-acre site houses a nine-level Heart and Vascular Hospital, a 100,000-square-foot Cancer Center; a comprehensive Children's Hospital; a Surgery Center; and a 120-bed Skilled Nursing Center.
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