As we approach the end of this year, we would like to thank all of you for your continued support of the IPC. The IPC is proud to play a vital role in Illinois’ health care network. Without you and others like you who carry our message and have offered personal financial support to help us continue our efforts, we would not be as successful doing our job.
For over 50 years, we have been just a phone call away; providing immediate help in handling poison emergencies throughout Illinois. We are grateful to the thousands of individuals who have stepped forward and urged their local legislator(s) to maintain funding for the Illinois Poison Center. The IPC fared better than many other state-supported non-profit organizations this past year.
But as we look forward, we are fearful of what the future will hold. The past year’s cuts forced us to severely reduce our public prevention education programming and drastically reduce staffing. These changes will extend the time it may take to speak with one of our experts, thus leaving many to turn to more costly medical resources for information and treatment advice (ex: unnecessary ER visits).
Using poison center services is a cost-saving healthcare strategy.
Studies indicate that 70% of home callers would seek emergency care if no poison center services were available. These results would increase unnecessary medical costs and reduce the availability of medical personnel and resources for critical care situations. The IPC has a proven record of resolving more than 90% of the general public calls with immediate treatment advice that does not require a trip to a hospital. This leaves medical resources and personnel available for more critical cases. It is estimated the use of the IPC saves Illinois residents over $50 million in unnecessary medical costs and reduced in-hospital length of stays each year. Studies from other healthcare programs reveal that effective outreach and prevention education aimed to improve the knowledge and awareness of participants leads to improved health.
How You Can Help
The IPC needs private donations and gifts to help pull us through this economic hurdle. Your donation support will directly fund our call center services and operational needs, such as the purchase of new medical resources that are vital to our ability to provide the latest information on treatment advice. You can help by:
- Making a personal donation or give a gift in tribute or memory of a family or friend, in the amount of $25.00 or more on our secure website or
- Mail your contribution via a personal check directly to the IPC:
- Shop with your favorite merchants online at iGive.com and a percentage of your purchase (at no expense to you!) will be donated to the IPC. Click here for more details and share this great site with your friends and co-workers.
- Consider taking up a collection among your co-workers or clientele to support our cause. Many groups across the state such as schools and scout troops will no longer be able to get our materials free if we do not have the funds to print and mail.
For more information about the Illinois Poison Center and its services or giving opportunities call 1-800-222-1222 or visit, www.illinoispoisoncenter.org
Contributed By: Gail Moran, IPC