Thanks to the Alan T Brown Foundation



*ATBF received this letter from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and
wanted to share it with you. Thank you for making this all possible. 

VNSNY continues to be grateful to the Alan T Brown Foundation for its Transition Care Program. Thanks to your generous grants, VNSNY’s ability to provide important home care services to uninsured, paralyzed individuals, is enhanced. The result is improved quality of life for individuals and their loved ones as well. Here are profiles of 2 patients who received VNSNY charity care, were paralyzed following a trauma and who benefit from ATBF’s Transition Care Program over the past several years.

Patient 1: 24 year old male who lives in Manhattan. He fell off the roof of a 3 story building resulting in a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the chest downward. He is married, has a 3 year old daughter and they are expecting another baby in 5 months. He was referred to VNSNY after being turned down by a rehab center as he did not have any insurance coverage. We admitted him after he was discharged from the hospital as free care The VNSNY team (nurse, therapist and social worker) in conjunction with the patient and his wife developed a plan to help return to maximum level of function, control his pain and to obtain financial assistance for medical care. When he was discharged he was able to bath, dress himself, transfer and to walk with the aid of an assistive device.

Patient 2: 33 year old male who was recovering in a hospital in Haiti from a gunshot wound which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He was evacuated from Haiti following the earthquake and was admitted to a hospital in NYC. VNSNY admitted him with free care to assist in stabilizing complications from his injury. He had an open wound on his left hip and had also developed a blood clot in his lower left leg. Once stabilized he returned to his family.