Each year, more than 75,000 people receive emergency services at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus. As the “front door” to the hospital, the Emergency Department maintains the highest levels of compassionate care and service, with highly skilled doctors and nurses, computerized patient tracking, and onsite lab and radiology services.
Beyond providing care in life-threatening emergencies, however, the St. Joseph Emergency Department also fills the need for a community health care safety net. The department is often a resource for people dealing with a health crisis that can be traced back to a lack of ongoing and preventive care:
an acute episode of a chronic disease, such as asthma, that could have been prevented with access to prescription medication; or
a worsening condition, such as an infection, that went untreated because the patient does not have health insurance.
Gifts to the Emergency Department support:
- The Care Management Indigent Drug program, which assists patients in receiving the medications they need until they can establish alternative options. Making sure that these patients get their prescriptions filled can help them avoid additional emergency department visits or hospitalization.
- The Family Empowerment Program, which assists individuals who turn to the Emergency Department for all of their health care needs. These patients are dealing with complicated issues such as mental illness, developmental disabilities, or drug or alcohol addictions, and do not have access to other health care services. Family Empowerment Program case managers work closely with these patients to help them navigate the insurance system, access appropriate health care resources, maintain their health, and set and achieve goals.
The demand for St. Joseph’s exceptional Emergency Department care is growing. Your gift to the department fund helps to ensure that all who enter receive care with the best technology, service, and comfort.
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