The River Valley Health Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to National Church Residences Transportation Services.
The funds will support non-emergency health-related transportation services to residents in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel counties in West Virginia and Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe, Guernsey and Harrison counties in Ohio. For those facing a health care crisis, finding reliable transportation for crucial appointments and treatments can prove to be challenging.
Cynthia Morrison, the foundation’s executive director, said Ohio Valley residents using the National Church Residences’ transportation services are being connected to oncologists, dialysis centers and hospitals and medical facilities within the Ohio Valley, as well as various specialists in cities such as Pittsburgh, Morgantown and Columbus.
“The grant funding has been a blessing and has come at a time when the demands for transportation for life-sustaining treatments are rising and the funding resources are shrinking,” said Peggy Hickenbottom, director of National Church Residences Transportation Services. “Many insurance providers do not cover medical transportation or place extremely restrictive guidelines on it. Because of this, people who require wheelchair accessible vehicles, have conditions which make it difficult to drive or lack a large support network too often don’t get the health care they need.”
(Adapted article from The Times Leader, September 8, 2018)