UnitedHealth Group Inc. : UnitedHealthcare Donates More Than $70,000 to Fisher House Naval Medical Center San Diego
09/05/2012| 11:05am US/Eastern
UnitedHealthcare has donated more than $70,000 to Fisher House Naval
Medical Center of San Diego to assist the families of wounded U.S.
military members. The donation will help fund the Fisher House "Sponsor
A Family" program.
Fisher House provides a wide range of services and support to the
families of wounded U.S. military. The donation supports one year's
worth of lodging and support costs for all families staying at the Naval
Medical Center Fisher Houses.
"These Fisher Houses have provided thousands of nights of lodging during
a critical time for these families. With UnitedHealthcare's generosity,
we will be able to ensure there is never a charge for their lodging. It
removes that financial burden and lets the families focus on healing,"
said David Coker, Fisher House Foundation president.
"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support Fisher
House and help make a difference in the lives of our nation's service
members, veterans and their families," said Lori McDougal, CEO of
UnitedHealth Military & Veterans.
UnitedHealthcare's support of the Fisher House Foundation is the first
wellness project to be funded as a result of the company's participation
in CBS EcoMedia Inc.'s WellnessAd program.
About Fisher House Foundation
Fisher House Foundation is
best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of
major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to
16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of
Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving
treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service
men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with
unnecessary expense during a time of crisis. Located in close proximity
to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists
of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families
share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an
inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House
Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since
inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an
estimated $192 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and
transportation. Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program,
using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the
bedside of injured service members. To date, Hero Miles has provided
over 26,000 airline tickets to our military and their families. The
Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military
charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and
children of fallen and disabled veterans.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to
helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health
care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and
sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers
the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers
and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. UnitedHealthcare serves more
than 38 million people and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth
Group (UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.
Beginning in April 2013, UnitedHealthcare will be the managed care
contractor for TRICARE West, serving 2.9 million service members,
retirees and their families in the western United States.
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