McElligott named medical director of the St. Christopher Fund

| Friday, June 10, 2011

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund announced this week that co-founder Dr. John McElligott has been named medical director of the Knoxville-based organization.

The SCF’s Executive Director Donna Kennedy said he will be responsible for reviewing applicants’ medical records and making recommendations based on those records; for assisting with health research studies and programs; and for contributing to monthly health articles. He will also be responsible for representing the SCF in all medical/clinical areas and for finding support from other medical professionals.

The SCF is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. The SCF also conducts health research to benefit professional drivers and the trucking industry.

Dr. McElligott has held a position on the board of directors and currently serves as the organization’s medical review officer. At a SCF board meeting held June 1, board members voted unanimously to name McElligott medical director.

SCF President Doug McElhaney said Dr. McElligott has “an unmatched and vibrant commitment to truckers – and that dedication, combined with his professional experience, has served this organization very well.”

McElligott is a physician at Occupational Health Systems, a company that he started more than 10 years ago. He’s been a doctor for 24 years, is married, and has six children. Nearly five years ago, he and satellite radio personalities Michael Burns and Dave Nemo co-founded the St. Christopher Fund.

After witnessing hundreds of professional drivers and their families struggle to survive as a result of catastrophic illness or injury, Nemo was compelled to take action. Nemo, who is the host of the Dave Nemo Show (Sirius XM Radio, Channel 106), found a willing partner in McElligott, known in the trucking world as Dr. John. McElligott was then the chairman and founder of Professional Drivers Medical Depots (PDMD). Together with Burns, they launched SCF to come to the aid of professional drivers in need. The organization was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2007.

The SCF helps professional drivers and their families who have financial needs due to medical problems. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment for medical services or prescription drugs, assistance with expenses while recovering from illness and out of work, or the negotiation of price reductions with medical providers and hospitals.

Donations to the SCF have been received from individuals and corporations sensitive to the needs of professional drivers. At the end of the first quarter of 2011, Kennedy reported that the SCF helped 362 drivers and their families. Assistance included paying for prescription medications, assisting with living expenses, helping pay for surgeries, and lowering medical bill payments among other things.

For more information about the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, please send a letter to P.O. Box 30763, Knoxville, TN 37930, call 865-202-9428, or send an email to truckersfund@gmail.com

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