The Parmenter Foundation proudly announces that it has made a $10,000 grant to The MetroWest Free Medical Program (MWFMP) in Sudbury for their “Close the GAP” program. The goal of this new program is to Guarantee Access to healthcare Programming for the most vulnerable in our community. The MWFMP plans to meet its goal by enhancing volunteer recruitment to add more physicians and registered nurse volunteers; expanding on-site testing services such as diabetes and heart disease testing; collaborating with new community healthcare partners that can provide patients with access to testing that is not available at the clinic; and creating a fund to assist patients with accessing diagnostic testing such as mammograms, x-rays and ultrasounds. The MWFMP estimates that the Close the GAP program will reach approximately 800 un/underinsured patients in 2018.
“Despite the successes of health insurance reform, thousands of individuals and families either fall through the cracks of the system and aren’t eligible for insurance, or they can’t find a doctor that takes their type of coverage” says Executive Director, Kim Prendergast. “Demand for our services is up 50% in the last year. Our program engages dedicated volunteer health care providers to assure that all people have access to care, regardless of their ability to pay – and this support is vital to equipping those volunteers to provide care to people who desperately need it.”
The MetroWest Free Medical Program was established in Sudbury in 2004 as an outreach program of Congregation Beth El. It is a volunteer-physician led program providing free health care services to the medically underserved in Metrowest. The program expanded to Framingham in 2008 and created a Vision and a Women’s Health program. With over 250 volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, health educators and more, the MetroWest Free Medical Program serves over 1,000 patients per year with over 1,800 medical visits. For more information, please visit www.metrowestfreemedicalprogram.org