Medical Service Bureau – a nonprofit agency founded out of a joint effort by members of the MSSC and the Community Chest in 1937 – announced this month it has changed its name to Cairn Health.
Medical Service Bureau was a part of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County until 1978 when it incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, but still remains closely tied to the Medical Society.
Medical Service Bureau has had the same name since being formed. The organization provides a way to help low-income, uninsured and under-insured individuals in Sedgwick County access health care by assisting them with prescription medications, vision care and other services.
The name change reflects the organization’s broader healthcare commitment and its focus on providing hope and guidance for people navigating the confusing, complicated health care landscape, officials said.
A cairn is a human-made stack of stones that serves as landmarks or trail markers. While these stones often are pretty to look at, their typical function is to help travelers find their way in remote, often featureless, and confusing areas. Coming across a cairn during a trek inspires a sense hope and confirmation that you’re going the right way to reach your destination.
“We adopted ‘Cairn’ as our name, because we believe that we serve the same purpose: helping people find their way through the confusing world of medical care,” said Aaron Walker, executive director of Cairn Health. “Our team is here to help our clients uncover the direction in which they should be moving, point them in the right direction if they lose their way, and serve as beacons of hope through the journey.”
Cairn Health currently assists 3,500 to 4,000 Sedgwick County residents annually. Services include a voucher program to purchase needed prescription medications, a diabetic supply program, health and social service navigation, an over-the-counter donated medication program, access to low-cost eye exams through local providers, and vouchers for prescription eyeglasses.
Cairn Health connects people to available resources and delivers important services to low-income or fixed income persons of all ages.