The St. Margaret Foundation has announced it has made $321,790 in grants, with many aimed at the foundation’s goal of improving patient access to health care in the North Hills.
“Healthcare reform may have improved services for some people but there are still a lot of needs that slip through the cracks,” said Mary Lee Gannon, foundation president, in a news release.
“If you have cancer even the best treatment won’t help you if you can’t get here to access it. We provide four shuttles to help.”
The free shuttles serve these areas:
• Free Rides for Seniors Shuttle — Sharpsburg/Aspinwall/Blawnox. The shuttle transports any senior who lives within its driving area from Blawnox to Sharpsburg and from Route 28 to the Allegheny River. It takes people to the grocery store, Waterworks, pharmacy, doctor’s office, hospital and other locations in the vicinity. Call 412-449-0151.
• Free Rides for Seniors Shuttle — Etna to Tarentum. The shuttle provides medical transportation to able-bodied seniors age 60 and older living in Cheswick, Springdale, Tarentum, Brackenridge, Natrona Heights, Etna, Millvale, Oakmont and Verona. It will stop at the following senior living facilities within the communities it serves: Amber Woods, Springdale Manor, Rachel Carson Hall, Golden Towers, Dalton’s Edge, Brackenridge Hall, Harrison High Rise, Etna Commons, Lloyd McBride Apartments, Alverno Apartments, Beechwood Commons I and II, and Munroe Towers. Transportation will be provided to and from UPMC St. Margaret, UPMC Harmar Outpatient Center, UPMC Natrona Heights, UPMC Renaissance Family Practice. and Singh and Associates and other UPMC doctors' offices along the route. Call 412-449-0151.
• Free Medical Shuttle for the Alle-Kiski Valley — Residents of any age may receive free, nonemergency medical transportation service to and from St. Margaret Hospital, UPMC primary care doctors offices and other UPMC diagnostic centers in Arnold, Brackenridge, the Creighton section of East Deer, Lower Burrell, Natrona and Natrona Heights in Harrison, New Kensington (includes Parnassus), the Russellton section of West Deer, and Tarentum. This new shuttle is being offered in partnership with Family Services of Western Pennsylvania. Call 724-889-0029.
• Care Management Transportation — St. Margaret Foundation sponsors a wheelchair-accessible van service. The wheelchair van is stationed at the hospital from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday to assist with transportation to a nursing facility or home. Arrangements are made through UPMC St. Margaret Care Management.
Among the major recipients of grants are North Hills Community Outreach, which received $83,000 for the two free shuttles for seniors, and Family Services of Western Pennsylvania, which received $50,263 for the free shuttle serving the Alle-Kiski Valley.