At the end of 2018, Mayo Clinic in Arizona donated $50,000 to support three organizations that address critical needs for health care and respite in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
“We have partnerships with many community organizations,” says
Marion Kelly, Community Engagement. “These three organizations stand out for
the important work they do and our long-time collaborations. We were pleased to
offer additional funds to support their missions.”
Circle the City Medical Respite Center: The Mayo Clinic donation supports two 50-bed respite facilities that serve the homeless. “The center provides a safe place to recover from illness, surgery or injury,” says Kelly, who serves on the Circle the City board of directors. “Phoenix has a large and growing homeless population. Circle the City cares for those who don’t need hospitalization but are too sick to be outside or in a shelter.”
Mayo Clinic and its staff collaborate with the centers in many ways. Emeritus and current staff members volunteer as care providers and board members. And, Mayo Clinic has donated surplus medical supplies.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Several Mayo Clinic physicians and residents regularly volunteer at the Virginia G. Piper St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic in Phoenix, which primarily serves those who are homeless.
“We are only as strong as our volunteers and one of our strongest partners is Mayo Clinic,” says Maurice Lee, M.D., chief medical officer, Virginia G. Piper St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic.
“Our partnership with them has allowed uninsured patients to gain access to specialists in cardiology, neurology, urology and endocrinology.” In 2017, St. Vincent provided more than 16,000 medical and dental visits to homeless youngsters and adults.
Mayo Clinic staff also regularly step in to prepare and serve meals to St. Vincent de Paul clients.
American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge: Hope Lodge, part of the Village at Mayo Clinic, opened in 2009 and offers low-cost, extended-stay lodging for patients undergoing cancer treatment. The village is on Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus, offering patients easy access to medical appointments.
“Our patients tell us they appreciate the homelike environment with a kitchen, laundry facilities and common spaces,” says Kelly. Hope Lodge relies on donations to provide this home away from home for out-of-town patients.
Learn more about Mayo Clinic community engagement in Arizona.