b'SO MANY OF OUR PATIENTS STRUGGLE WITH A REDUCED ABILITY OR INABILITY TO WORK.ON TOP OF ALL THE OTHER STRESSORS RELATED TO CANCER, PATIENTS OFTEN STRUGGLE WITH PAYING FOR EVERYDAY EXPENSES SUCH AS GROCERIES, GASOLINE, FOOD AND UTILITIES.THROUGH THIS FUND, WE ARE ABLE TO HELP BY TAKING AWAY EVEN JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THE PRESSURE, STRESS AND WORRY THAT THEY ARE EXPERIENCING. THANK YOU FOR HELPING OUR PATIENTS WITH THIS VERY IMPORTANT NEED!MAUREEN S . Social Worker, Virginia G. Piper Cancer NetworkThe patient who needs a wheelchair inorder to leave the hospital but doesnt have the $10,000 to purchase it. Or the elderly patient on a strict budget who needs medicine every month but has to choose between managing her medical condition and paying the bills.Or a patient facing behavioral health issuesDonor Storywho needs support to continue treatmentEstablished in 2022, the Ellen and following their hospitalization. Howard Katz Family Patient Assistance Bridging the gap while patients waittoEndowment ensures a sustainable, qualify for government assistance programs. reliable source of funding for patient assistance. The endowment was HOW THE PATIENTannounced at the Honor Ball 2022 as ASSISTANCE FUND WORKS part of Howards recognition as the The HonorHealth Patient Assistance Fundannual Honoree, celebrating a 20-year helps pay for certain needs patients requirelegacy of leadership and philanthropic after their hospital stay, including in-homecommitment.services, medications or medical equipment.Their generosity is helping countless But the need is far greater than what this patients who are at the greatest risk of fund can serve.falling through the cracks.A patients need for financial assistance isAnyone can add their gift to the endowed identified by an HonorHealth case managerfund. Earnings are used to support patient or social worker. They first try to connectneeds but the principal amount is not patients with existing community resources spent, ensuring to meet needs. patient assistance funds are available Patients are not given cash. Instead,in perpetuity, HonorHealth pays for services and itemshelping patients directly or provides vouchers for specificlike Kiersten (right), needs. who has been balancing the cost When HonorHealth is able to meet theseof cancer treatment needs through donations, the result is fasterand her familys healing, reduced readmissions and peace ofneeds. mind for patients who face many struggles.HonorHealth Foundation19'