Edgewood Primary and Fairview Elementary schools receive $10,000 each and a school supply-filled backpack for every student from MDwise


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – March 08, 2010

Today, MDwise presented a backpack filled with much-needed school supplies to every student at Edgewood Primary School and Fairview Elementary School in Bloomington, Indiana.


Edgewood and Fairview Elementary schools receive $10,000 each and a school supply-filled backpack for every student.The Indianapolis-based statewide managed health care organization delivered more than 750 backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, erasers and crayons to the schools, as well as presented a $10,000 check to each school.
The donations are part of “Tools for Schools,” a new MDwise program providing funding and supplies to nine Indiana schools in need, including schools in Bloomington, Indianapolis, Gary and East Chicago. MDwise also donated funds and supplies to Highland Park Elementary in Bloomington in February.
“MDwise is so thrilled to provide these supplies and funds to help improve the educational experience for some of our hard-working Hoosier students,” said Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise. “Being a health care-focused company, we know that getting a good education is a significant part of every child’s overall health and well-being.”


“We are deeply grateful to MDwise for providing this generous gift to our students,” said Brenda Whitaker, principal at Edgewood Primary School. “At this point in the school year, back packs and supplies are ragged and scarce. With three more months of instruction and learning, we are pleased that our students will have these basic tools necessary to assist them in finishing the year strong.”

The schools intend to use the $10,000 donations to enhance student education.

MDwise worked with Indiana State Senator Vi Simpson (district 40) and State Representative Matt Pierce (district 61) to identify area schools in great need of assistance.

“The generosity of MDwise to provide these backpacks to students is just incredible,” Sen. Simpson said. “Every bit we give to help students succeed and make the most of their education is an investment in the future of our community.”

MDwise is Indiana’s largest not-for-profit managed health care company exclusively serving many of the state’s most underserved citizens.

Hoosier children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured. MDwise’s services are currently provided to more than 300,000 Hoosier Healthwise, Care Select and Healthy Indiana Plan members in partnership with more than 1,400 primary medical providers and a statewide array of specialists, hospitals and other providers. By providing a fully integrated network of hospitals, community health centers, physicians and ancillary providers, MDwise services offer a coordinated, comprehensive approach to managing the cost and utilization of Indiana’s health care services. For more information, visit MDwise.org.

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About MDwise

MDwise is a provider-sponsored nonprofit health maintenance organization offering health care benefits to more than 407,000 Medicaid and Medicare members. Since 1994 MDwise has provided access to compassionate, high-quality, coordinated health care and education to Medicaid members in communities throughout Indiana. Ninety-seven percent of MDwise members surveyed would recommend MDwise to family and friends. MDwise.org.