Donors gave nearly $33,000 in April to fully fund a $90,000 matching grant provided by the Skaggs Legacy Foundation. Kenn Tilus, executive director of FCH, says the clinic is grateful for the grant from the Skaggs Foundation, which ended April 30. “The grant has given our clinic a financial boost to ensure that we are able to provide medical services for our low-income patients,” he says.
According to Tilus, donations go toward the clinic’s operational costs, and donations fell short of the clinic’s needs in 2016. “We are thankful for the many donors who are continuing to give in May. It has given us a head start with our monthly expenses,” Tilus says. “We appreciate this incredible group of supporters who have a heart for the working uninsured in our area, many of whom serve the ‘frontlines’ of our tourism industry.”
A FCH patient says, “I couldn’t have been more blessed from the clinic for giving me the specialized medication I needed and couldn’t pay for. They provided it to me and saw that I followed the treatment regime for the medication to be effective. Now, I’m healed of a disease which potentially, years later, would have caused great difficulty for me.”
Funding for Faith Community Health comes from patient fees, grants and donor support. Tilus says FCH saw 4,065 patients and dispensed 14,264 prescriptions in 2016. Patients at FCH are required to pay for a portion of their care, based on household income.