2011 An Important Message for Friends of Marillac Clinic!
Greetings from Steve!
As most of you know, I suffered a nearly fatal heart attack while I was in Atlanta last January. Without a single warning, my life changed dramatically. I transitioned from excellent health to a highly vulnerable person, totally dependent on health care providers who were brand new faces for me.
After several months of working hard in cardiac rehab, my heart has gotten stronger. In mid-August, my physician cleared me to work twenty hours a week. God truly blessed me in providing me the resources I needed to stay alive and return to the community I love. Thank you for all your prayers and support you offered on my behalf.
When I sought services from new health care providers in Atlanta, I quickly realized how fortunate I am to have adequate health insurance. Every provider’s office asked me for my insurance carrier at the very beginning of the conversation. I wondered to myself, “What if I were uninsured? Would the provider agree to see me? Could I have afforded to participate in cardiac rehab?”
My patient experience added immensely to my gratitude for living in Mesa County. For the past 23 years, our community has responded to the needs of the uninsured by organizing a comprehensive system that strives to provide high quality health care for all of our residents. If my heart attack occurred in Grand Junction, I know I would receive the care I needed regardless of my insurance status.
I’m proud that nearly all Marillac patients pay a portion of the cost of their care. Presently, patients provide over 20% of the revenue Marillac receives. Staff works hard to secure another 20% of our revenue from grants and foundations.
What has made Marillac successful is the continuity of the financial support that you and other like-minded people provide to Marillac. All of our donors share a passion to help those among us who have few economic resources to pay the cost of their health care.
Marillac now faces a stiff challenge. The long recession in our country directly impacts Marillac’s ability to provide timely service. Staff has responded by extending Clinic hours to 6 pm so patients do not have to miss work. Our dental clinic is open until 8 pm one evening per week. We also added dental services to our Palisade site. However, this does not adequately meet the demand for our services.
Prior to the recession, the state of Colorado provided nearly 16% of our revenue. Due to our high unemployment rate, the number of patients waiting to receive care grows daily. I am sad to inform you that dramatic cuts from the state have resulted in Marillac resorting to a waiting list. Currently, new patients wait nearly six weeks before they can be seen. We needed to reduce the number of same-day appointments, and Marillac now refers some urgent care needs to our community’s emergency rooms rather than in a less expensive clinic setting.
I am appealing for your help to re-establish the momentum that we achieved prior to the recession. Please consider making a larger donation to Marillac and making your contribution earlier than you usually do.
I’m distressed that I need to ask our generous, giving community for additional assistance now. However, our diminished state revenue has resulted in the need for Marillac to seek immediate local financial support. Our staff still continues to aggressively seek additional support from grants and foundations. I pledge our staff will be good stewards of your donation.
Times like these define who we are. Our community is one where neighbors help neighbors during difficult times. We have survived downward economic cycles before, and we became stronger as a result.
In May Marillac obtained the Colorado Enterprise Zone designation, so your contribution may result in a tax credit on your Colorado income tax. If you have any questions regarding your donation, please contact our donor relations specialist, Claudia Crowell, at 298-2234.
Thank you for your generosity.
Steve Hurd, Ph.D.
WHEN YOU GIVE TO MARILLAC YOU BECOME PART OF A TRADITION THAT IS EASING PAIN, CREATING HOPE AND CHANGING LIVES. YOU CAN SEE IT EVERY DAY!
WE KNOW THESE ARE DIFFICULT TIMES FOR A LOT OF FOLKS IN THE VALLEY, BUT IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING SOME OF YOUR GOOD FORTUNE WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS. IT MAKES SUCH AN IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY RIGHT HERE AT HOME.
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