The Bedlam Alliance for Community Health, a partnership designed to provide needed medical care to the indigent and working poor, will soon expand services as a result of a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
The funds received from Bank of America will allow for the immediate expansion of critical services at the main Bedlam clinic, including patient medical education and diagnostic testing. In addition, the funds will be used to purchase essential medical supplies such as bandages, syringes, blood pressure cuffs, and stethoscopes, among others.
“This gift from Bank of America is appropriate and a great fit for both parties involved,” said Gerry Clancy, M.D., interim president of OU-Tulsa. “Bank of America has a strong commitment to the community, and this gift will provide real help and hope to those who didn’t have it before.”
The OU Bedlam Alliance for Community Health, launched in August 2003, is designed to help alleviate the stress on local emergency rooms stemming from the medically uninsured seeking non-emergency, after-hours care. This model provides the impoverished, working poor and the uninsured with the primary and specialty health care they need in a cost effective manner.
“Providing support to organizations like Bedlam Alliance for Community Health is a great example of the commitment we have to improving the quality of life in communities where our associates and customers live and work,” said Michael Earl, Oklahoma President for Bank of America. “We are proud to support an organization that not only provides hope, but also provides a tangible, positive impact to the families in our community that need it most.”