ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 24, 2013 — The One Fund Boston—the entity formed last week to help the individuals and families affected by dual explosions that occurred last Monday near the finish line of the Boston marathon—is still accepting contributions. Donations can be made at onefundboston.com. Additional information on the fund is also available on that site.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) and participants in ASCA 2013—the association’s annual meeting, which took place in Boston this year immediately following the Boston marathon—are contributing nearly $12,000 to the fund. Half of that amount was contributed by meeting attendees and the other half by ASCA, which agreed at the outset of the meeting to match attendees’ contributions dollar-for-dollar. Dan Thurmon, an expert in performing well under pressure and a speaker during the meeting, also contributed all of the proceeds from the on-site sales of his materials to the fund.
The attack that occurred during the marathon claimed three lives and injured more than 100 others. Traffic and services in the city were interrupted during the week as law enforcement officials worked to apprehend the two suspects in the bombing, but ASCA 2013 proceeded as planned with only minor disruptions in the original schedule.
“After experiencing firsthand how the residents of Boston came together to respond to those in need immediately following the blasts, and later, to protect everyone in the city from further danger, making a contribution to The One Fund Boston seemed like a small way we could participate,” said ASCA Chief Executive Officer William Prentice. “We saw many acts of courage and kindness during our stay and are grateful to have been given an opportunity to be a part of the city’s recovery from this tragic event.”
ASCs are an integral part of the health care system, providing critical access to surgical and diagnostic care, including preventive services. As essential Medicare providers of surgical and cancer screening services, ASCs perform more than 40 percent of Medicare colonoscopies.
About the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA):
ASCA is working to raise awareness of the important role that ASCs play in the US health care system and the high-quality, cost-effective care that ASCs provide. For more about ASCA, go to www.ascassociation.org