Bozeman, MT [October 8, 2018] - Bozeman Health Foundation is pleased to
announce a special fundraising effort to provide charity care for patients
in the Big Sky community. Throughout the next year, Bozeman Health Foundation
is committed to raising $120,000 in funds to be made available for patients
at Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center needing financial assistance
with their medical bills.
Since opening in December 2015, Bozeman Health Big Sky Medical Center has
provided nearly $300,000 in patient financial assistance, helping patients
to cover medically necessary treatments that they were unable to pay for
on their own. Bozeman Health Patient Financial Services acts as a patient
advocate and works with patients who express concern over their ability
to pay for their healthcare needs to provide them with resources and help
determine if a patient is eligible for financial assistance. While each
patient and their need is carefully attended to in a personalized manner,
patients who are eligible for financial assistance have their medical
bills greatly reduced, and in some instances, patients will not owe anything.
“We want to ensure that everyone has access to care regardless of
their ability to pay, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
This is about making a difference – a real difference in people’s
lives. But in order to make this happen, we need the community’s
support,” stated Chris Darnell, Big Sky Medical Center administrator.
Charity care, and ensuring there are funds in place to help vulnerable
patients, is a key component of the care Big Sky Medical Center provides
to the community. And, thanks to the generosity of Big Sky community members
Manny and Sue DiMiceli, Mary Grace Wilkus and Thomas Johnston, and Mike
and Sue Arneson, the first $60,000 in gifts toward the $120,000 goal will
be matched dollar for dollar.
In addition to announcing this special fundraising appeal, Bozeman Health
Foundation also shared that charitable donations received will help advance
its Caring Forward Campaign, with Big Sky Medical Center being one of
the campaign’s four fundraising priorities. That campaign has now
raised $13.5 million dollars in community support toward its ambitious
$15 million goal. The Caring Forward Campaign was announced in April of
this year and is expected to come to a close at the end of 2019.
If you are interested in contributing, or would like more information about
this special fundraiser or the Caring Forward Campaign, please call the
Bozeman Health Foundation office at 414-1085.