MDwise donates backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 280 students at Scott Academy in Fort Wayne


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – March 25, 2011

MDwise Chief Medical Officer 
Dr. Caroline Carney-Doebbeling 
presents all students at 
Scott Academy in Fort Wayne
with backpacks filled with school supplies.

Today, every student at Scott Academy in Fort Wayne, Ind., received a backpack filled with school supplies from MDwise, Indiana's only not-for-profit managed health care organization serving Hoosiers on Medicaid. MDwise donated more than 280 backpacks filled with notebooks, pencils, erasers and crayons to the school.


The donations are part of "MDwise Tools for Schools," a MDwise program providing backpacks and school supplies to eight Indiana schools, including schools in Anderson, East Chicago, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Hammond, Muncie and South Bend.
Charlotte MacBeth, chief executive officer of MDwise, said, "As a statewide health care-focused organization, we recognize that a good education is an important part of every child's overall health and well-being. We hope these new backpacks and fresh school supplies remind these young Hoosier students that we, at MDwise, care about their educational experience, and encourage continued hard work toward academic success."
MDwise worked with Indiana State Rep. Dennis Tyler (District 34) to identify a Muncie school in great need of assistance.
“A proper education lays the foundation for future success, and this act of generosity makes that important journey more accessible for the bright and hardworking students at Scott Academy,” said Rep. Moses. “Thank you, MDwise.”      
"This is the time of year when most students' school supplies are depleted," said Dr. Crystal Thomas, Principal of Scott Academy. "To receive this donation mid-year is incredibly good timing. Our entire school community truly appreciates the generous support."
MDwise Tools for Schools is part of Ms. Bluebelle’s Club for Kids, MDwise’s comprehensive program that promotes the healthy well-being of Hoosier children through special activities and outreach. Now in its second year, Tools for Schools provided more than 6,800 supply-filled backpacks to schools and back-to-school events across Indiana in 2010.

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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.

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