Executive director of Family Health Partnership Clinic Suzanne Hoban pauses in entrance of the brand new medical provide van unveiled on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Woodstock. The car will help the clinic’s main care staff to convey healthcare to those that may in any other case go with out.
WOODSTOCK – The Family Health Partnership Clinic and Sage Legacy Fund celebrated the brand new “Clinic Without Walls” on Tuesday on the McHenry County PADS Day Shelter.
The medical provide van is an enlargement of health care providers the clinic has been providing to the shelter and the Old Firehouse Assistance middle since January. It permits for McHenry County’s homeless inhabitants to have higher entry to wanted remedy. The program sends a main care staff to the homeless facilities to present exams, lab checks and drugs.
The van permits for higher transportability of this system. The program is obtainable as soon as every week on the shelters and as soon as a month at McHenry’s Garden Quarter Resource Center, stated Suzanne Hoban, government director of the clinic.
“We had our ultimate goal, which was to get care to the people who probably have the most difficulty accessing care,” Hoban stated. “We worked backwards from there. What are the barriers and how can we address those barriers?”
Lack of transportation and better priorities can lead to people who find themselves impoverished and homeless pushing aside getting needed care, PADS Director Erin Brumfield Grima stated.
“We have seen a big difference made in the people coming in to get these services,” she stated. “Lots of people may have health benefits through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act, but because they are experiencing homelessness, it makes it hard for them to put that on priority and get out to a general care physician. … This has been wonderful to create availability to get people services they need.”
Sage Legacy Fund and the McHenry County Community Foundation funded the venture. It value about $36,000 to get operating, and the group basis helped outfit the particular medical van. Sage additionally will fund staffing prices for the subsequent three years, Hoban stated.
Legacy basis member Vince Foglia stated the thought was transformational.
“We thought it was super,” he stated. “If you can’t get the patients to the doctor, you bring the doctors to the patients. You can’t get better than that.”