Your annual gifts support the lifesaving work of BMH. Here is one story of your partnership with BMH at work.
Your gift to BMH may be designated in one of two ways, Unrestricted Fund or Uncompensated Care Fund.
Unrestricted gifts come back to the community through improvements in patient care and comfort at BMH. One recent example is minor renovations made to 3rd floor patient rooms to increase access to sinks. Care providers need to immediately wash hands after patient care to help reduce the spread of infection so conveniently located sinks in patient rooms is critical.
With the cost of health insurance skyrocketing, more and more people struggle to pay for their health care needs. Gifts for Uncompensated Medical Care help BMH to provide relief for those needing medical services but lacking adequate resources to pay. Learn more about this fundamental need and how your gift can make a difference for your friends and neighbors.
When I got home and was weighing my options, I thought if I could by-pass the Emergency Room that would save me some money. The problem was, though I recently graduated from college, my student loans were coming due and I had only just started a new job….and now this. I needed to get medical help for my rapidly swelling and painful leg but insurance benefits at work wouldn’t be available until July.
After all, I ended up in the Emergency Department at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. X-rays and a CAT scan showed extensive damage that required surgery, one plate and six screws to fix my fractured tibia. And $17,000.00 to cover the costs. Could I defer my student loans to pay my medical bills? I knew I would be out of work for several months. I didn’t know what to do. Someone at the hospital gave me a form for getting financial help from the hospital and, really, I didn’t think it would help pay for very much. But I sent it in anyway and started looking into other options.
After a few days, the BMH Patient Care Services representative called me and told me everything would be paid for by the BMH Charity Free Care Program. I almost didn’t believe her. In tough times, it’s difficult to get a break (unless its breaking your leg snowboarding). This was great news for me. That BMH would cover the cost of my entire medical bill changed my life! I tell everyone about the wonderful medical care and the amazing gift I got at a financially hard time in my life.