Opportunities to Help

Hospital Programs

This fund is a last resort for patients undergoing cancer treatment. It pays for gas for patients to regularly make their treatment appointments, any equipment that Medicare and Medicaid will not cover, in addition to assistance with rent and utilities when all other avenues have been exhausted.

The Patient Crisis Fund helps patients who are unable to work due to their illness and need assistance with rent/utilities and home medical equipment. This fund is only used when all other resources have been exhausted and patients are truly in crisis. A maximum of $500 per patient is allowed through this fund.

So many patients desperately struggle for each breath while sleeping. Their health is seriously affected by dramatic drops in oxygen, arrhythmias, excessive sleepiness, and more, all caused by obstructive sleep apnea. It is amazing the dramatic improvements one night of CPAP can bring; breathing leveled off, oxygen saturations normal, deeper sleep observed along with many other improvements. However, in too many cases, patients don’t get the equipment they so desperately need because they can’t afford it. Some cannot even afford to come in for their CPAP trial study due to high co pays and deductibles. This fund helps patients get the testing and the equipment they need for a healthier and happier life.

The Robert and Marjorie Goodson Oncology Wellness Program is a collaboration between the Cancer Center of East Alabama, HealthPlus Fitness Center, and RehabWorks outpatient rehabilitation. All are services of East Alabama Medical Center, assuring seamless care across the disciplines.

Recent studies have shown that exercise, good nutrition, and emotional and social support go a long way toward improving the quality of life of cancer patients both during and after treatment. Our Oncology Wellness Program helps patients and caregivers to live better, feel stronger, and grow through the challenges of cancer and cancer treatment.

Patients may participate in the program through all three phases of treatment: pre-treatment, intra-treatment, and post-treatment.

Services include exercise (including aquatics), massage therapy, nutritional counseling, stress management and intimacy counseling.

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Community Outreach Programs

This program provides screening and diagnostic mammograms, biopsies (if needed), and follow-up care through EAMC for medically underserved women. Since it was established in 2005, this program has served approximately 500 women in our community.

This program, which started in 2008, provides colorectal cancer screening and treatment for people who are uninsured or underinsured. Since it started, the program has served approximately 50 people in our communities.

EAMC provides free education and training, meters and testing strips to diabetes patients who do not have insurance or the financial resources to pay for them. In fiscal year 2010, this program served more than 1,100 patients.

In many cases, exercise is a more effective treatment for a medical condition than medication alone. For indigent patients whose physicians have recommended a medically directed exercise regimen to treat their condition, EAMC provides limited scholarships to HealthPlus Fitness Center. In fiscal year 2010 we provided 38 scholarships.

Since 2001, the EAMC Parish Nurses have been serving the community though programs in churches as well as other sites, such as community health fairs and the Darden Wellness Center, located in the Opelika’s historic Darden House. The group currently is active in more than 20 congregations in Lee, Macon, and Chambers counties. During the course of a year, the EAMC Parish Nurses make approximately 6,000 contacts with people in the community, providing health education, counseling, health screenings, and referrals to other community resources.

The prostate screening program provides initial testing for prostate cancer and offsets biopsy and screening costs for men who are uninsured or underinsured. Urologist Rishi Rajan, M.D., provides consultation to patients at no cost. Since this program was established in 2006, it has served more than 455 men in our communities

The Unity Wellness Center exists to serve the needs of community members living with hiv in lee, macon, russell, chambers and tallapoosa counties with a few extended services in coosa, clay, talladega, and randolph counties. in fact, uwc is the only provider of these services in east alabama. in fiscal year 2010, this program served 8,431 people, ranging in age from children to the elderly. both clinical and supportive services are provided, as well as hiv testing and prevention education.