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Partners in Profile


Odyssey America Reinsurance Corp. has committed $1 million to AmeriCares Free Clinics over five years to help provide uninsured Fairfield County residents with medical care.

OdysseyRe, a leading worldwide underwriter of property and casualty reinsurance and insurance, announced in August 2009 the company would give $200,000 a year through 2013 to AmeriCares Free Clinics.

The grant provides general operating support for our clinics in Norwalk and Bridgeport. More than 98 percent of the AmeriCares Free Clinics budget is privately funded by generous individuals, foundations and corporations like OdysseyRe.

"We are thrilled to have a corporation that cares so deeply about helping the uninsured, especially in this economy when so many new patients are coming through our doors," said AmeriCares Free Clinics Executive Director Karen Gottlieb. "Knowing we have the support of OdysseyRe for five years, we can plan ahead to ensure we have the programs and services our patients need to stay healthy."

The $1 million is in addition to $325,000 OdysseyRe previously donated to the free clinics. The company has also supported AmeriCares humanitarian relief work both here in the United States and abroad.


Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

AmeriCares Free Clinics and partner Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have a track record of improving access to health care in Danbury and surrounding towns. With more than $2 million in committed support, Boehringer Ingelheim has been a strong supporter of AmeriCares Free Clinics since 2002 and the company’s employees have volunteered more than 300 hours since 2007.

The Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation donated $400,000 to renovate the Danbury clinic when it moved to 76 West Street in May 2009. AmeriCares Free Clinics Executive Director Karen Gottlieb said the gift allowed the clinic to stay within blocks of its former location, serving the same patient population with a seamless transition.

In addition to funding the renovations, Boehringer Ingelheim has provided $200,000 in annual operating support for the Danbury clinic since 2005. The grant has enabled the clinic to hire three additional employees – a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and an administrator – allowing the facility to increase operating hours and nearly double the number of patients served

From 2002 to 2009 Boehringer Ingelheim funded a mobile outreach program that served residents of Bethel, Brookfield and New Milford.

Boehringer Ingelheim has also supported AmeriCares international programs over the years.

"We wish we had more partnerships like the extraordinary one we have with Boehringer Ingelheim," Gottlieb said. "They are making a huge commitment to the area where their employees live and work."

One of the missions of the Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, established in 2001, is to improve access to quality health care for those in need.

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