Collaborating for a Healthy Community

Post by Lisa Schiller. Lisa is the Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations, Community Relations and Government Affairs for Rex Healthcare.

Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Rex collaborates with community partners regularly to ensure that our community relations efforts make an impact. We often pool our resources with community partners to provide education, diagnostic and preventative care in an effort to improve the health of our community.

That’s happening again today. All three hospitals, Duke Raleigh, WakeMed and Rex, are coming together to host the first Community Health Screening Day in support of those who have limited access to care and wish to learn more about their health.

Access to high quality healthcare is a right – not a privilege. Our friends at Urban Ministries, who operate the Open Door Clinic, have shared that more than 150,000 people in our community don’t have health insurance. And, I’ve heard many stories of hard-working people with less than adequate coverage who need help.

At Community Screening Day, Community Care of Wake & Johnston Counties, Project Access, Wake Health Services, NC-DHHS/Division of Public Health and the NC Department of Insurance are on-hand to educate and enroll people in SMARTNC, Health Check (Medicaid for Children) and NC Health Choice. Rex Patient Financial Services also will educate community members about the Rex Assist program.

As a healthcare provider, Rex understands its role in being a leader in health and wellness in our community. We provide care to each and every patient, regardless of their ability to pay and provide a wide range of tools and education to help patients who need financial assistance. We’re proud of the fact that we offer one of the most generous charity care policies in the state.

Our board and executive leadership has great vision. Rex Board Chair Dale Jenkins had an idea to offer an event that would provide access and expertise at no cost to those who need it most. And so, Community Health Screening Day was born.

We’re willing to commit necessary resources to execute grand efforts to promote healthy living in our community, today and every day. We’ll continue conversations with our community partners and find ways to make real progress. If you’ve got a great idea to share, please let us know.

When we all work together for common good, great things happen!