Operation Round Up News

Operation Round Up News

The Crossroads Clinic Volunteers in Medicine (CCVIM) of Lake Saint Louis received a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust to provide medications for patients who require prescription assistance.

“Prescriptions cost between $4,000 and $5,000 each month,” says Dr. Peter Montgomery. Prescription costs account for about 80 percent of the clinic's patient care expenses. According to Dr. Montgomery, even with Prescription Assistance Programs and discount cards, many patients cannot afford the medicines they need. "They would go without if we could not help them,” he adds.

"A majority of our patients are employed, working in entry level positions that provide no health care coverage or prescription benefits,” says CCVIM Clinic Founder and President Dr. Maimuna Baig. “Many individuals and families in our communities are living without health care coverage," she adds. "They are extremely grateful to receive high quality medical care and to have the opportunity to keep their medical problems under control by being provided necessary medications.”

To meet the needs of the people it serves, the clinic relies solely on contributions and gifts. It is staffed by a team of health care volunteers which include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and clerks. In addition to general practice physicians, the team has specialists in the area of cardiology, orthopedics, neurology, diabetes, nutrition and mental health counseling.

Crossroads Clinic, established by Dr. Baig in 2010, is a nonprofit clinic that provides primary health care to uninsured adult residents of St. Charles, Lincoln, Warren and Montgomery counties. More than 4,000 patients have received medical services at the clinic since it opened its doors. The Lake Saint Louis clinic is one of four independent Volunteers in Medicine facilities in Missouri. Clinics have also been established in St. Charles, West County and Hannibal.

The clinic is located in the First Bank Building at 10714 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Lake Saint Louis, and is open on Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. To learn more about the clinic visit www.crossroadsclinicvim.org or call (636) 561-3133 to schedule an appointment.

Cuivre River funds are provided through members' monthly donations to Operation Round Up with utility bill payments. Resources are administered by a seven-member volunteer Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board to help address needs that cannot be met with other resources. Grants specifically target health, youth, education, home weatherization, community and emergency services.

The monthly Operation Round Up report appears on the back cover. To learn more or to request an application visit www.cuivre.com or call (800) 392-3709, ext. 4837, 4830 or 4838.

PHOTO: (L-R) Volunteers Cheryl Moellenhoff, Sharon Pivin and Susan Baker accept a $5,000 Operation Round Up grant for the Crossroads Clinic Volunteers in Medicine in Lake Saint Louis. The funds will be used to aid uninsured patients who require prescription assistance. Prescription medicines account for about 80 percent of patient care costs. The clinic is staffed by a team of health care volunteers, and is open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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