Giving in Action: Supporting Great Care After the Hospital

In 2021, Saint Luke's PATH Fund and our clinical teams helped more than 500 patients receive the rehabilitative services they needed after a hospital stay.

For most patients, a hospital stay is just the beginning of their health care journey. Saint Luke’s Foundation established Saint Luke’s PATH Fund, or Post-Acute Therapy and Health Fund, to help low-income, uninsured, or underinsured patients gain access to essential rehabilitative services. 

In 2021, the PATH Fund and our clinical teams helped more than 500 patients receive the ongoing care they needed after a hospital stay, such as speech, physical, and occupational therapies; wound care; infusion medication; and providing wheelchairs, mobility devices, and other durable medical equipment.

Formerly known as The Purple Fund, the PATH Fund was established in 2005 when Missouri Medicaid eliminated coverage for most adults who needed therapy services after an inpatient hospital stay.

Social workers help patients obtain post-hospital services, equipment, and medication so they can focus on their health and healing.

Essential programs like the PATH Fund exist thanks to generous community members. This year, Saint Luke’s PATH Fund was supported by 100 unique donations. 

We are profoundly grateful to those who support patients in need, including Health Forward Foundation, the Auerbach Hirsch Fund, Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation, Saint Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary, and every Saint Luke’s employee who gives out of their paycheck.

Learn more about how you can donate to the PATH Fund.