Manatee County Community Services Grant

October 5, 2016

We Care Manatee, Inc. Receives funding from the Manatee County Community Services, Human Services Division

Contact: Victoria Kasdan. Executive Director

941-755-3952 ext. 2 / victoria@wecaremanatee.org

Bradenton, Florida, October 3, 2016—We Care Manatee, Inc. (We Care) is pleased to announce it has received funding from the Manatee County Community Services, Human Services Division in support of We Care’s specialty physician referral and pharmaceutical assistance programs. The funding totaling $74,000 will allow We Care to fulfill its mission to provide a cost effective, private sector solution to Manatee County’s uninsured health care needs.

Since 1999, We Care has supported the needs of the County’s uninsured population by connecting eligible patients to locally-delivered care and health-related services they need when they need them. Specifically, the funds will assist We Care in offsetting operational and program costs associated with its physician specialty referral and pharmaceutical program services.

We Care offers four unique programs to support eligible uninsured, low income residents of the Manatee County community. We Care’s specialty physician referral program provides access to more than 80 volunteer physician specialists who donate their time and services. The pharmaceutical assistance program offers certain prescription medications with refills at no cost. We Care’s breast health and wellness offering provides preventive and diagnostic mammograms, as well as breast ultrasound, MRI and surgical consultation at no charge. We Care also operates a free primary care clinic, staffed by dedicated employees and volunteer physicians, for diagnosing and managing acute and chronic health care needs.

“This timely and generous support will help us maintain the great momentum we gathered last year in helping more than 1,200 patients get needed care and support, including for specialty physician referrals and pharmaceutical assistance. We are grateful for having received it,” said Victoria Kasdan, R.N., MPH We Care Manatee executive director. “Through the thoughtful support from the Manatee County Community Services, Human Services Division and our donors and volunteers, We Care is able to serve our patients with quality care services and our community with a healthier population.”

About We Care Manatee, Inc.

We Care Manatee, Inc. provides free, quality medical care and referral services to low-income, uninsured adult residents of Manatee County, Florida. Patients receive the critical treatment they need to keep them healthy, out of local emergency rooms, and on the job. Our services are provided by volunteer physicians from the local community. Partnerships with community hospitals, and alliances with other medical facilities, enable us to give our patients the quality care they need, from local providers they trust. We are funded though individual and corporate donations, government and private grants, and in-kind contributions. For more information, visit www.wecaremanatee.org.