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Connections 2006 Community and Volunteer Clinics
Connections 2006
Macon Volunteer Clinic
Lynn Taylor Denny, MD
Medical Director
February 17, 2006
Uninsured Statistics
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45.8 million
Americans/15.7%
uninsured in 2004
 1.4 million
Georgians/16.4%
uninsured in 2005
Macon Volunteer Clinic
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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:
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Ages 18-64
Live in Bibb County
Work (part-time or full-time)
Have no form of health care coverage
Services Offered @ MVC
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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
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Service industry
workers
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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
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Lessons Learned
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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
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Sustainable funding->
keeping your cause in
forefront
 Tyranny of the urgent
Technical Resources
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Computer database
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Patient visits
Patient information
Scheduling
Donor lists
Volunteer lists
Patient assistant program
logs
Report capability
EMR would be nice!
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Continuity of care
Improve patient safety
Long run – save $$
Moving Into the Future
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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.
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