We Care Foundation of Indian River
The We Care Foundation of Indian River is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds to help meet non-physician ancillary medical or medically related needs for qualified patients such as after-care wound dressing, cataract lenses, emergency prescription assistance, and transportation for medical appointments. Your donations to the We Care Foundation also supports the We Care Clinic located in the Gifford Health Center in Vero Beach.
We Care Program
Volunteers – How the We Care Program works:
Founded in 1991 as a cooperative venture between the Indian River County Medical Society, the IRC Health Department, and the IRC Hospital District, the We Care program coordinates free physician services for uninsured indigent patients in Indian River County. More than 130 volunteer physicians and other medical professionals donate care to as many as 3,000 qualified Indian River County residents each year. These donated services are valued at over $1 million annually.
We Care Clinic Established 2015:
First of its kind in Indian River County, the We Care Clinic is located in a wing of the Gifford Health Center at 4675 28th Court in Vero Beach. Funding for clinic construction and supplies is provided by an Impact 100 grant. Proceeds from the Foundation’s annual Mardi Gras Celebration and private donations fund clinic supplies and program activities.
Administrative services for the Clinic is provided by the IRC Health Department and medical staff salaries, including a full-time primary care physician and two patient services/volunteer physician coordinators, are currently funded by the IRC Hospital District.
These important collaborative efforts combined with a new clinic and program enhancements will effectively double We Care’s patient capacity affording a “smooth transition” for indigent patients discharged from the hospital and emergency department. This improves care, prevents medical conditions from becoming acute, decreases hospital and emergency room admissions and re-admissions and saves taxpayer dollars.
Patients must reside in Indian River County, be uninsured and meet specific financial eligibility requirements (150% or less of the Federal Poverty Level).
We Care participants are typically between the ages of 18 and 65.
For more information on the We Care Program or to DONATE visit WeCareofIRC.org or call (772) 562-0123.