Women of Means Announces Name Change to Health Care Without Walls

Non-Profit's 15th Anniversary of Providing Free Healthcare to Over 2,500 Homeless Women & Children in Boston Area

Online PR News – 04-September-2015 – Wellesley, Massachusetts – For Immediate Release
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Women of Means Announces Name Change to Health Care Without Walls

—Non-Profit’s New Name Coincides with Organization’s 15th Anniversary of Providing Free Health Care and Compassion to Over 2,500 Homeless Women and Children in Boston Area Shelters—

Wellesley, MA—September 1, 2015—Women of Means, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free and compassionate medical care, education and advocacy to homeless women and children in the greater Boston area has changed its name to Health Care Without Walls. The new name reflects the evolution of the 15-year-old organization, highlighting its mission of bringing health care directly to where it is needed most—beyond traditional medical facilities.
Health Care Without Walls’ dedicated team of 17 volunteer Boston area physicians generously donate hundreds of thousands of dollars of free walk-in medical care to over 2,500 homeless women and children at seven Boston area shelters, safe houses and transitional family housing sites every year.

A paid nursing staff, two community health workers and volunteer physicians provide acute and preventative care ranging from treatment of the common cold to medical screening exams for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Additional health care support extends to personalized patient education, group counseling sessions, over-the-counter medical supplies, prescription eyeglasses and medication—all available at no charge.

During the past fifteen years, Health Care Without Walls has experienced a dramatic increase in the clients they serve—rising from 700 patient visits in its first year to more than 10,000 visits last year.

“Fifteen years ago, I saw that there was an urgent need to offer free health care to Boston's most susceptible population—homeless women and children, who, unfortunately, continue to be the fastest rising populations in the state of Massachusetts,” stated Dr. Roseanna Means, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Health Care Without Walls. “As we mark our 15th anniversary, we feel that having a new name that best represents what we do— offering medical care regardless of the location in a traditional health care setting, will be impactful. We are excited for the community to embrace our new identity.”

Health Care Without Walls operates solely on donations from individuals, corporate donors, and grants enabling domestic violence victims, single mothers, elderly women and families to receive free quality medical care that they may not otherwise seek out. Many of the patients have as many as thirty medical problems, and 80% have multiple diagnoses. Although the organization does not bill for its clinical time, donations fund the services that are included in the free care. Because of this innovative model, clients are able to access the necessary care feeling safe and free of the fear, stigmatization and bureaucracy that often accompany traditional health care models.

“Most of the patients we see have reported physical assault since becoming homeless. This staggering statistic further reinforces our mission of building long-term trust with these women, while offering them basic human compassion and medical care,” stated Dr. Means. “I am thankful for the tireless efforts of our medical volunteers, nursing staff and generous donors who keep this vital program alive.”

Currently, Health Care Without Walls provides on-site services at a variety of Boston shelters including The Women's Lunch Place, Rosie’s Place, and all Casa Myrna residences for battered women and families. Additionally, Home Suites Inn and Mary’s House—two family shelter sites located in Waltham, MA, also offer on-site services. Health Care Without Walls works with Boston housing agencies to facilitate and secure stable housing for the women they serve.

“We are extremely grateful to Health Care Without Walls for their non-stop commitment to serving the homeless women and children who seek refuge in our daytime shelter," said Elizabeth Keeley, Executive Director of The Women's Lunch Place. "Bringing medical care directly to our shelter enables our clients to receive the special attention they need and deserve while being treated in a safe, familiar, and trusted environment."

Health Care Without Walls will formally mark its 15th anniversary on October 1, 2015, at 6 pm at “Homerun for Homeless Women & Children," a fundraising event at Fenway Park. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities or additional event information, please visit www.healthcarewithoutwalls.org.

For further information on the programs and services HealthCare Without Walls offers, contact Michelle Smith at msmith@healthcarewithoutwalls.org or visit www.healthcarewithoutwalls.org.

About Health Care Without Walls

Health Care Without Walls, formerly known as Women of Means, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free and compassionate medical care, education and advocacy to over 2,500 homeless women and children in Boston area shelters. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Roseanna Means, MD, HealthCare Without Walls’ patient base has grown exponentially from 700 annual patient encounters to over 10,000 visits during the past fifteen years. A dedicated team of volunteer physicians and staff nurses donate hundreds of thousands of dollars of free walk-in medical care each year. Health Care Without Walls relies entirely on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundation grants to sustain its on-going work. For more information on Health Care Without Walls, please contact us at 781-239-0290 or visit us at www.healthcarewithoutwalls.org.