The Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation has made a $40,000 donation to the Danbury Hospital Foundation. This is the third contribution from the Ridgefield-based pharmaceutical company's charitable foundation to support the outreach efforts of the Greater Danbury Community Care Team's peer engagement specialist.
The community-based outreach initiative was started in 2015 and is a partnership with nearly 30 community and municipal agencies.
The navigators work to improve access to care for at-risk residents, many of whom suffer from substance abuse, chronic medical or mental health conditions, are homeless, or frequent the emergency department. To date, more than 170 community residents ages 23 to 83 have benefited from Greater Danbury Community Care Team services. Emergency Room utilization by high-risk frequent users has decreased approximately 30 percent, according to the Danbury Hospital Foundation.