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Beginning Monday, April 12 Peoples' Clinic Offers Fourth Day of Service
Port Huron, MI…The Peoples’ Clinic for Better Health is pleased to announce that to better provide for the high volume of patients in need, it will add a fourth day of service beginning Monday, April 12, 2010. This announcement comes on the heels of the recently announced call-in patient appointment process which has been very successful in enhancing services to the county’s uninsured.
Beginning April 12, patients can receive care Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Peoples’ Clinic, located within the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission at 3110 Goulden Street, Port Huron.
“We have been working very hard with the St. Clair County Medical Society to provide the physician volunteers needed to add a fourth day,” explains Linda Lalonde, RN, Director of the Peoples’ Clinic for Better Health. “Many primary care physicians have stepped forward to provide the time needed for patient appointments. We are honored to work with such a dedicated group of local health care professionals.”
In addition to the fourth day of service, scheduled to begin April 12, patients can now call the clinic daily at 810-985-1085 to make an appointment. Those eligible patients seeking medication refills can visit the clinic beginning at 10 a.m.
Offering free medical care and services to St. Clair County residents, age 18 to 64, who are uninsured and have no financial resources to pay for their care, the Peoples’ Clinic for Better Health provides more than 3,200 patient care visits annually. The Peoples’ Clinic is cosponsored by the St. Clair County Medical Society and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. It is funded in part by the United Way of St. Clair County. Last year alone, the Peoples’ Clinic distributed more than $1.3 million in prescription medications through the clinic and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron pharmacy. This year, the clinic is celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary of serving the needs of the uninsured throughout St. Clair County.
“Peoples’ Clinic is the centerpiece of St. Joseph Mercy’s mission to provide care to the poor and underserved,” comments Peter Karadjoff, President & CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. “As a not-for-profit hospital, we work to improve the health of our communities by reinvesting our ‘profits’ back into the community through new technologies, vital health services and access for all. Peoples’ Clinic provides not only necessary health service to our community, but offers innovative ways in which to reach out to patients in real need. Delivering safe, high-quality and compassionate care is one of our core principals and is exemplified through the work of the dedicated team and physician volunteers at the Peoples’ Clinic.”
In the past three years, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital reported more than $14 million in Community Benefit Ministry, providing for programs such as the Peoples’ Clinic for Better Health. This includes Ministry to the Poor and Underserved, Ministry to the Broader Community and the Unpaid Cost of Public Programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid.
To find out more about the Peoples’ Clinic for Better Health or Community Benefit Ministry, visit St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron online at: mymercy.us, or call the clinic directly at 810-985-4747.