St. Luke's Medical Foundation was established in 2010 by the founders of St. Luke's Medical Clinic, Dr. Michael Lynch and Patricia Lipinski, FNP, who recognized a financial need within their patient population and local community that was not being met by other organizations or federal programs. They saw a growing number of patients who were unable to afford medical care, purchase medications, pay for medically related transportation or even buy food and supplies essential to health.
One day, an elderly woman came into the clinic seeking care because she had lost a lot of weight. They asked her if she was eating, and she said that, yes, she was eating three meals a day. They then asked her what she was eating, and she admitted that she was living on cat food from the dollar store because she couldn't afford her life-saving medications and groceries.
Only a couple of days later, the idea for St. Luke's Medical Foundation was born and put into action - to help patients like her meet the needs that are crucial to health and well-being.
The mission of St. Luke's Medical Foundation is to provide financial aid to individuals who need help paying for required medical care.
To achieve this, we will work with local health care organizations, including clinics, hospitals, labs, and pharmacies, to help pay for medical services and prescriptions for qualified individuals. Applications for financial aid will be accepted continually and have no deadline. The amount of financial aid granted will be determined on a case by case basis by our Board of Directors, and all funds will be sent directly to the medical institution or pharmacy.
It has been demonstrated repeatedly that even modest financial help, education, and personal encouragement, provided at the time of immediate need, allows individuals to acquire hope and optimism. Hope, in turn, motivates them and places them on a pathway toward wellness and improved quality of life. We, therefore, strive to achieve success in all three of these areas:
We provide funds, services and resources for the health care of needy, indigent, low income, uninsured and underinsured persons and families.
We educate patients and their families, as well as the general public, about health-related issues and empower them to improve their overall health and well-being.
We encourage patients and their families to find hope in their lives, and in doing so, promote their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Our Board of Directors