Our annual fundraiser is inspired by our patients and their diverse and moving stories. Proceeds from this benefit will not only support the clinic, but also help us raise awareness about the issues faced by our city’s underserved.
This year's event will take place at Midtown Terrace on Thursday, April 23 at 6:30PM. Come enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and music while perusing a silent auction with art inspired by the themes and stories emerging from our clinic, as well as professional sports memorabilia, fitness packages, and unique experiences. Cocktail attire requested.
The WCCC is a student-run clinic based at Weill Cornell Medical College that provides high-quality, accessible and coordinated medical, psychiatric and women’s services to uninsured adults throughout New York City. Our goal is to extend healthcare access to underserved populations, while also encouraging the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy among our students, faculty, and staff.
We provide our patients with preventive care, age-appropriate screening, and referrals to specialty and mental health services. All of these are provided at low or no cost to our patients, who make less than 400% of the federal poverty limit. We also provide insurance and social work screening to ensure that all patient needs are met.
We currently hold our medicine and psychiatry clinics once a week, and women’s health clinic every 2 weeks. Last year we had approximately 400 patient visits to the WCCC. In the coming year, we hope both to increase the number of patients we serve and to continue expanding the number of services we can provide to our patients. In order to meet these goals, however, we must raise more funds.
Our annual operating costs are approximately $250,000. While most of these are covered by in-kind donations – time donated by our wonderful physician volunteers, clinic space loaned to us by Cornell Internal Medicine Associates, and negotiated rates for in-network referrals – our effective annual operating costs are upwards of $50,000.
In 2015, we are focusing on improving the quality of follow-up care for our patients, as well as setting up efficient transitions to insurance under the Affordable Care Act. We are also doing quality improvement of our infrastructure and evaluating our cost effectiveness. We hope that, like us, you believe that all people deserve access to healthcare, that a person’s income should not determine the quality of their health, and that no one should have to wait to go to the doctor because they are unable to pay.
If you would simply like to donate to the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, please follow this link. All donations are fully tax-deductible.