Rotary Clubs establish new transportation funds at CPGH

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

Members of the Soldotna and Kenai Rotary Clubs have created a new fund to assist the transportation needs of individuals with difficulties getting to Central Peninsula General Hospital for therapy treatments. "While spending time over at CPGH I noticed that sometimes people have trouble getting in for special medication. For some reason their transportation fails; a relative is unable to bring them, or a car breaks down, and the treatment is on a schedule basis which causes a big problem. So Soldotna Rotary took a look at a way we could help provide some emergency transportation. I called my friend George Ford over at the Kenai Rotary Club and between the members of the two clubs we raised money to create this fund that we have presented to the hospital," said Ed Krohn.

According to Kathy Lopeman, RN at CPGH, the program will be administered through the oncology and infusion department at the hospital. "There will be a criteria form to fill out showing that there is no other way to fund your transportation then the CARTS program or cabs will be used to make the fund go as far as possible for folks in need. The ride will only be to and from the treatment or medical care," said Lopeman. "It's one of the things that make it so neat living here, when good folks like these Rotarians come forward on their own initiative and create this type of special assistance," said Martin Richman, CEO for CPGH.

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