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We Care Manatee, Inc. Receives Grant from the Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation

Contact: Victoria Kasdan. Executive Director

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Bradenton, Florida, October 3, 2016—We Care Manatee, Inc. (We Care) is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. These funds will support We Care Manatee’s mission of providing a cost effective, private sector solution to Manatee County’s uninsured health care needs by connecting eligible County residents with the care they need from local physicians.

This generous grant will assist We Care in offsetting operational and program costs associated with meeting the growing need for preventive screenings, diagnostic testing, and medical care, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. 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 generous support will maintain the great momentum we gathered last year in helping more than 1,200 patients get needed care and support at no cost to them. We are grateful for having received it,” said Victoria Kasdan, R.N., MPH and We Care Manatee executive director. “Through the generosity of the Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and our donors and volunteers, We Care Manatee is able to serve our patients with the primary and specialty care they need, when they need it.”

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.

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