Patient Assistance Fund

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Everyone needs access to health care, but there are many who can’t afford to pay for it. Our Patient Assistance Fund helps those in need by covering the cost of transportation, appointments, medications and other necessities for patients who don’t have the means to pay for it themselves. This can be due to a variety of situations such as:

  • Lack of insurance
  • Lack of income
  • Being underinsured
  • Major life events

Healthy or wealthy, you can lose both with a chronic illness. We believe all patients deserve to be cared for, which is why we ask for your help in supporting the Patient Assistance Fund.


Johnston Health is the only hospital in Johnston County, and it is the safety net provider for the uninsured.

In addition to serving uninsured patients, 65% of our patients are on government-funded programs, which often provide limited coverage.

Many Medicare patients who have worked their entire lives find that they do not have adequate coverage to pay for expensive prescriptions or multiple appointments.

Transportation issues can also keep patients from receiving care.  Many elderly patients live alone and can no longer drive, and others are too sick to drive to their appointments themselves.   Missed appointments can have traumatic effects. For example, someone receiving services at our wound care center may find that keeping an appointment is the difference between saving a limb or losing it.

No one should have to sacrifice their health because of financial hardship. When a patient is unable to overcome the barriers of the cost of health care, many times that patient will return to the hospital even sicker than before. By providing support now to the Patient Assistance Fund, you are helping your neighbor living on a fixed income, a child that lives in poverty, or a chronically ill friend get the care they need.

If you would like to help patients in Johnston County, please consider making a donation today.

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You may also mail a cash donation or check, made out to the Johnston Health Foundation, to:

Johnston Health Foundation
PO Box 1376
Smithfield, NC 27577
Attn: Patient Assistance Fund