The Making of a Clinic
A Message From the Director
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
It is my joy and honor to be the director of this brave and blessed free clinic since our beginning. I am humbled when I think of all that has been done by so many people to bring our clinic into existence and to sustain its operation for nearly four years. Each day has brought us new gifts. The gifts have come as wisdom from concerned advisors, supplies from generous people, time from retired or active professionals, a prime location from which to operate, or financial help from individuals, civic clubs, churches, and businesses. We have the privilege of providing much needed medical care to over three hundred of our uninsured neighbors.
From the beginning we have known that sustainability would be the greatest challenge to our organization. While we have been blessed with grants that have provided funds for much-needed initiatives (establishing our pharmacy, providing free mammograms, giving our patients self monitoring equipment to use at home), the funds to pay for our everyday expenses are not usually available through private grants. We are realizing that fundraising must be our number two priority. Patient care will always be number one. Fundraising to provide the roof over our head and the staff to keep everything organized is number two. Number three is the never ending pursuit of volunteers: doctors, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, housekeepers, planners and grant writers.
As you read through this message please let us know if you see something that calls out to you. We need you. Our community has many uninsured individuals who really just want a chance to be healthy. As my grandmother used to say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our clinic is prevention in action. As a former ER nurse, I have seen the consequences of not being able to afford your blood pressure or diabetic medicine; consequences that are often preventable and manageable.
We are committed to continue, to grow and to help make our community a safer, healthier place to live one patient at a time. We ask for your prayers. We ask for your help.
Until all have access,♥
Corey is a 63 year old truck driver with high blood pressure. He first came to our clinic in December of 2014 telling us that he had been laid off from his full time job because he could not pass the DOT physical. His blood pressure was out of control. When he first came to our office, he had been experiencing dizziness and his face was quite red. Corey saw Dr. Bal in the clinic early in January. His blood pressure was 200/102. Our clinic was able to supply Corey’s blood pressure medication and by March, he was able to return to work. Not working had placed him in a dangerous position with no money to pay a doctor or to purchase medication. Corey is one of 53 patients at the clinic who are being treated for hypertension. Thanks to all of our volunteers, staff, and board members who make this kind of free care possible. This patient is just one example of our many success stories.