Bank Foundation Supports Helping Hands Fund

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RAHWAY — Northfield Bank Foundation has donated $8,000 to RWJ Rahway Foundation’s Helping Hands Fund.

According to Marlene Lubinger, president of the hospital foundation, “Our Helping Hands Fund was established to assist uninsured and underinsured patients who cannot afford to pay for basic medical needs.” This fund provides vital prescriptions, walkers, wheelchairs, tests and treatments, physician office visits, and transportation home or transportation to doctor appointments once they leave the hospital.

These patients may be clinic, outpatient or inpatients. Although some may qualify for charity care, charity care does not cover these needs nor include coverage for these necessary items or services after the patient leaves the hospital. Often, a patient’s length of stay is longer because they cannot afford the necessary prescriptions or medical equipment to make the transition from hospital to home and continue their recovery.

Through the years, this fund has helped many people. In the past year, a 60-year-old woman was hospitalized and was totally paralyzed. The hospital successfully partnered with a local acute rehab facility to continue her care, and the transport costs were covered by the fund.

In another case, the hospital was able to locate a dialysis slot for a single, unemployed male who required dialysis three times per week. The Helping Hands Fund covered his medications for 30 days until he would quality for SSI or other programs.

Lubinger added, “The support for these needy patients is of tremendous benefit to them and helps to overcome insurmountable obstacles for their recovery.”

In addition to the generous support from the Northfield Bank Foundation, the fund has received grants from the Lowell F. Johnson Foundation, The Nicholas & Anna Bouras Foundation, Bonaventura Devine Foundation and David & Margaret Clare Foundation.

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