Connections 2006 Community and Volunteer Clinics
Connections 2006 Macon Volunteer Clinic Lynn Taylor Denny, MD Medical Director February 17, 2006 Uninsured Statistics 45.8 million Americans/15.7% uninsured in 2004 1.4 million Georgians/16.4% uninsured in 2005 Macon Volunteer Clinic 501c3 corporation - opened 02/18/03 16 members on the Board of Directors 3 full-time staff, 3 part-time staff Provide primary healthcare for the working uninsured in Bibb County, GA Our screening criteria: Ages 18-64 Live in Bibb County Work (part-time or full-time) Have no form of health care coverage Services Offered @ MVC Physician visits (students and residents) Routine labs, EKG Routine x-rays GYN clinic Ophthalmology clinic Dental x-rays, teeth cleaning/extraction Colon screenings Medications ( mainly through patient assistance) MVC Patients Service industry workers Landscaping Cosmetology Nurse’s aids/nursing home workers Construction Restaurant MVC Statistics 2005 3,071 patient visits 533 active patients (total seen since opening = 965) 159 volunteers (medical/non-medical) $275,000 budget Lessons Learned Early/sustained community involvement Need grant writers on your steering committee continue with fund raiser Need patient assistance program coordinator Need volunteer coordinator Start off with electronic medical records (EMR) Barriers to Sustainability Sustainable funding-> keeping your cause in forefront Tyranny of the urgent Technical Resources Computer database Patient visits Patient information Scheduling Donor lists Volunteer lists Patient assistant program logs Report capability EMR would be nice! Continuity of care Improve patient safety Long run – save $$ Moving Into the Future Free clinics are not going anywhere; we are part of the healthcare solution for now. Our clinics need help raising operating costs. The Georgia Free Clinic Network needs support. Free clinics need help purchasing EMR. Thank you very much.