Walnut Street Community Health Center has received a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Washington County in support of its Emergency Medication Fund.
The money will be used to cover the cost of prescription medications for the center’s patients who have no insurance coverage and who do not have the resources to pay out of pocket for their medications.
“Many of our patients work at jobs that offer no employee benefits,” said Kim Murdaugh, executive director of the center. “Their income may stretch just far enough to cover food and housing, but illness and lack of medical care can threaten their ability to work. This award from the Community Foundation is critical in helping meet the needs of our less fortunate neighbors.”
The center has a unique arrangement with nearby Magnolia Square Pharmacy and with Kmart Pharmacy to accept vouchers for patient prescriptions, which are then paid out of the center’s Emergency Medication Fund.
The center is committed to promoting a healthy community by providing affordable, accessible and compassionate healthcare to individuals and families of all ages, races and economic backgrounds.
The center provides medical, mental health and dental services through its Family and Dental Practices at offices on North Walnut Street in downtown Hagerstown. The center is recognized as a Federally Qualified Health Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.