Women Involved In Nurturing, Giving, Sharing, Inc.

aka Women Involved In Nurturing, Giving, Sharing, Inc.   |   San Antonio, TX   |  http://www.texaswings.org

Mission

The mission of WINGS (Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing Inc.) is to provide comprehensive breast cancer treatment to uninsured and under-insured women in Central and South Texas.  This includes surgery, oncology services, hospital fees, out patient medications and other necessary ancillary services, as needed.  WINGS also offers lifetime follow-up care for any uninsured breast cancer survivor.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Ruth M. Medellin

Main address

2800 NW Loop 410 PO

San Antonio, TX 78230 USA

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EIN

74-2920912

NTEE code info

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

Cancer (G30)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Our programs

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Breast Cancer Treatment for Uninsured Women

WINGS is designed to fill the gap that exists between breast cancer detection and treatment. For many Central and South Texas uninsured women, WINGS is their only option for what is hoped to be life-saving care and treatment. WINGS utilizes a network of physicians and treatment centers to give these women a real chance at fighting this deadly disease. Beyond treatment, WINGS works in concert with organizations dedicated to education and outreach.

WINGS provides comprehensive breast cancer treatment for uninsured women living at or below the federal poverty guideline.  No other organization offers these scope of services at no charge to eligible participants'.

Population(s) Served

WINGS II offers follow-up care for uninsured breast cancer survivors including annual mammograms, lab work and physician visits for five years following remission. WINGS follows each participant for five years, making sure that they receive post-treatment follow-up care (mammograms, blood tests and physician visits) to catch any recurring cancers early enough to treat them successfully. After five years, patients are transitioned to WINGS for Life (Survivorship Program). Once a patient is enrolled in the program, they are in it for life.

Population(s) Served

WINGS for Life is a survivorship program which offers follow-up care for those still uninsured, providing emotional and educational services, support groups, resource referrals, and survivor events and activities. Once a member of WINGS participants have access to support for LIFE.

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Awards

Breaking the Glass Ceiling 2009

American Association of University Women

Use Your Life Award 2000

Oprah Winfrey

Heart & Sould Award 2000

Macys

Volunteer of the Year 2001

Women in Communications

Excellence Award 2002

Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The goal of WINGS is to reduce mortality among low-income, uninsured breast cancer patients. By tracking patients in the program we will demonstrate the the WINGS program will improve five-year survival rates from zero (for untreated breast cancer) to those equal to or better than the statistics compiled by the National Cancer Institute's SEER program.

Patients are entered into a database which contains staging information at diagnosis, treatment plans and follow-up care. A patient navigator tracks each individual to ensure compliance with prescribed treatments and follow-up surveillance. Once a year, this data is analyzed to provide widely disseminated survival results. Not only is this data shared with the American Cancer Society, American College of Surgeons, funders it also is available on WINGS website and Facebook page.

In addition to financial support from a variety of foundations, corporations and individuals, WINGS has created a "Provider Network" of more than 250 physicians and healthcare facilities throughout the 46-county operating area. WINGS has negotiated deeply discounted rates with each of these providers which has allowed us to reduce the cost of first-year care for a "typical" patient from $127,000 to $16,000. Each year, we add new providers and services to our program.

The survival rate for untreated breast cancer is 0%. Compared with that, WINGS survival rates are a huge measurable improvement in health status. The health outcomes for WINGS patients are comparable with ACOS averages. This is remarkable, given that these women are uninsured and have many other health problems besides cancer. As is standard for all cancer programs, WINGS measures survival rates on a five-year basis.
STAGE WINGS Survival Rate ACOS Survival Rate
Local 100% 97.9%
Regional 80.5% 81.3%
Distant 21.4% 26.1%
Unstaged 95.8% 55.6%

Since 1999, nearly 1,400 women have been referred to WINGS. Of these, 905 were diagnosed with cancer, entered the program and received treatment. This is a 100% increase in access to services for these low-income uninsured women with breast cancer (our target population). In addition, WINGS has been providing lifetime follow-up care to uninsured breast cancer survivors since 2005. In that time, these follow-up screenings have detected 63 cancer recurrences and these women are back in treatment for metastatic disease.

The community impact is therefore: (a) 905 lives saved that would have been lost to families and communities without treatment; and (b) 93 breast cancer survivors who had early detection of a recurrent cancer, who otherwise would not have caught it until their chances of survival were extremely slim.

Financials

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Women Involved In Nurturing, Giving, Sharing, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Dona Kotzur

Mission Heritage Partners

Nancy May

San Antonio Humane Society

Dora Verde

Accounting and Audit Consultant

Christina Martin

USAA

Nellie Tijerina

Primerica Financial Services

Reverend Dr. Lemelle Taylor

Sandra Jolla

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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