A combination of private philanthropy, personal appeals, and an online campaign hosted by goodcircle.org has generated more than $15,000 to support the Wellness Fund at Southampton Hospital’s David E. Rogers, MD Center, the hospital announced Thursday.
The Wellness Fund helps to ensure that patients managing HIV/AIDS are not denied care for lack of financial resources.
Since it was created in 2009, the Wellness Fund has enabled over 135 people to receive on-going quality care for HIV/AIDS, the hospital stated, adding that unaffordable and unexpected out-of-pocket costs can deter people from seeking long-term care.
Over the next two years, the $15,000 raised will provide a range of care services to about 60 individuals managing HIV/AIDS on eastern Long Island. Support services include: medical and prescription assistance, hospital-based integrative medicine, nutritional support, and transportation assistance.
With just over $6,000 needed to reach the $21,525 goal for providing support to 80 individuals through 2017, the fundraising campaign will continue until February 6, 2015.
To learn more about the Center, view the campaign video, or make a donation, visit goodcircle.org/projects/david-e-rogers-center-for-hiv-care/. Donations can also be made at southamptonhospital.org (Designation: David E. Rogers, MD Center for HIV/AIDS) or by check mailed to: Southampton Hospital Foundation, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.