Honored for her inventive approach to medication management for the uninsured
As a registered nurse at the FHN Community Healthcare Center outpatient clinic, Peggy Folgate sees firsthand the desperation that being uninsured has on her patients. She sees the toll chronic diseases take on their health. And she sees them being forced to decide between food and medicine. In recognition of her outstanding work in making prescriptions accessible to this vulnerable population, Folgate is one of just four recipients nationwide to receive the 2010 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award.
The economic climate in Freeport is difficult, with one of the highest unemployment rates in the state of Illinois. Knowing that pharmaceutical companies provide medications at no cost to the uninsured, Folgate sprang into action. She created a database of the available medications and the patients who could benefit, which currently includes more than 250 people. By helping patients get the medications they need, along with managing their chronic health conditions, she is literally having a life or death impact on their lives.
“Peggy Folgate’s insight, compassion and caring regarding both the plight of the uninsured and the critical issue of medication management is making the lives of people who are already dealing with significant personal challenges a little easier,” says Wendell Mobley, who directs Cherokee Uniforms’ charitable and scholarship programs.
The Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award is granted by Cherokee Uniforms as a way of recognizing the caring work of nurses and other non-physician healthcare professionals, who provide exceptional service, sacrifice and innovation, while positively impacting others’ lives. This is the eighth year the leading designer and manufacturer of healthcare apparel has honored inspirational caregivers.
Folgate was nominated by Elizabeth Myers, an advanced practice nurse at the clinic, where Folgate has worked for the past two years. She explains, “Peggy has made it possible for us to be proactive instead of reactive in our efforts. It’s heartwarming to see the appreciation patients have for the work she’s doing.”
As the Top National Winner, Folgate receives an all-expense-paid trip to a 2011 medical conference in the continental United States of her choice; a wardrobe featuring the best of Cherokee Uniforms and Cherokee Footwear worth more than $1,000; annual membership to her preferred clinical association; a $500 donation in her name to the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation; a Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award trophy; a 14K gold-plated commemorative pin; and a year’s subscription to Scrubs, the nation’s first lifestyle magazine for nurses.
Her commitment to improving a patient’s overall health is what drives Folgate. “Helping people lead a better, stronger, healthier life is what makes the nursing profession so amazing to me,” she says.
Since the Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award was established in 2003, more than 9,000 healthcare professionals have been nominated across the various nursing and non-physician disciplines. A panel of Cherokee representatives and past Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award recipients evaluates nominations and grants the awards.
For every nomination, Cherokee Uniforms donated $1.00 to Nurse’s House, a national fund that provides short-term financial assistance to registered nurses facing serious hardship. Cherokee Uniforms will be accepting nominations for the 2011 Cherokee Inspired Comfort Award beginning March 1 through May 31, 2011. For further information on the award, please visit http://inspiredcomfort.com or receive updates on Twitter- @InspiredComfort.