Hands of St. Lucie County holding mobile clinic in Florida to help low-income, uninsured adults

Hands of St. Lucie County holding mobile clinic to help low-income, uninsured adults



AND COVERING THE TREASURE COAST FOR YOU THIS MORNING. HANDS OF SAINT LUCIE COUNTY PROVIDES HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND ACCESS TO THOSE IN UNDERSERVED, LOW INCOME, UNINSURED ADULTS. AND JOINING ME THIS MORNING TO TALK MORE ABOUT THIS IN SAINT LUCIE COUNTY IS LISA. LISA, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I KNOW YOU’RE SO EXCITED TO. SHARE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME. ALL YOU GUYS DO. ABSOLUTELY. SO FIRST, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW DID THIS CLINIC STARTS, A MOBILE CLINIC. IT GOES ALL AROUND THE COAST. ABSOLUTELY. SO THE CLINIC ACTUALLY FIRST BEGAN IN 2010 WHEN A GROUP OF CITIZENS GOT TOGETHER AND REALIZED INDIVIDUALS WHO MAKE TOO MUCH QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID BUT ACTUALLY CAN’T AFFORDABLE CARE. AND THEY GOT A GROUP OF VOLUNTEER DOCTORS TO PROVIDE CARE. SO WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 60 VOLUNTEER PROVIDERS, INCLUDING 16 DENTIST STATES WHERE ONE OF THE ONLY FREE DENTAL CLINICS ON THE TREASURE COAST. WE ALSO HAVE EXPANDED, ENHANCED IT, AND NOW WE HAVE A MOBILE UNIT WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY THE BOARD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IN ST LUCIE COUNTY. SO IF AN INDIVIDUAL HAS A PROBLEM ACCESSING CARE BECAUSE CAN’T GET TO OUR BRICK AND MORTAR LOCATION, WE TAKE IT RIGHT TO THEM. THAT’S REALLY NEAT. AND YOU SO YOU MENTIONED DENTISTS. SO THIS IS MORE THAN JUST MEDICAL CARE WAY MORE. SO WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST FEW YEARS REALLY ENHANCE THE SPECIALTY SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE. SO WE HAVE A GROUP OF FIVE GYNS, VERY ENHANCED WOMEN HEALTH SERVICES. WE HAVE GIVE AWAY OVER $1,000,000 IN FREE MEDICATION PER MONTH WITH A BUDGET OF A LITTLE 700,000. WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE $12 MILLION IN CARE LAST YEAR AND HAS THE NEED GONE UP EVERY DAY. SO YESTERDAY WAS OUR DENTAL CLINIC AND. I WAS THINKING WE HAVE A CRITICAL LIST FOR A DENTAL CLINIC OF ABOUT 560 PEOPLE. AND EVERY TIME I GET 32 PEOPLE RESOLVED, I GET 40 MORE REFERRALS. SO APPROXIMATELY 11% OF SAINT LUCIE COUNTY ACTUALLY QUALIFIES. INCOME QUALIFY FOR OUR CLINIC AND CONSIDERING THE POPULATION IS 350,000 PLUS PEOPLE IN ST LUCIE, WE DO HAVE A HIGH DEMAND. THERE’S DEFINITELY A NEED, BUT WE’RE STILL ABLE TO GET PEOPLE IN THE CLINIC SEEING A PRIMARY AND ACCESS OTHER SERVICES WITHIN 2 TO 3 DAYS OF THEIR FIRST CALL. THAT’S REALLY IMPRESSIVE. OKAY, SO TODAY YOU HAVE SOMETHING GOING ON FORT PIERCE LIBRARY, THE MOBILE CLINIC IS GOING TO BE SET UP FOR PEOPLE TO COME CHECK IT OUT. COME CHECK IT OUT HERE. WHAT WE DO I ALWAYS SAY OUR MOBILE CLINICS LIKE THE FRONT DOOR TO OUR HOUSE AND COME AND SEE IT. IT’S ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BOARD, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH THE CLEVELAND CLINIC AND US. WE’RE BE ABLE TO GO INTO THE COMMUNITY. WE JUST WANT OUR CITIZENS TO COME OUT AND SEE, HEY, WE’RE HERE TO HELP. YOU KNOW, WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH, SOMETIMES THAT ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE DO IS WE NEGLECT KIND OF OUR HEALTH. AND SO THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR, PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO THEY DON’T HAVE YOU DON’T HAVE TO. SO IF YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE, IF YOU THINK YOU ARE IN A SITUATION, YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE DOESN’T IN PAYING FOR YOUR INSULIN. I’M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT I CAN HELP YOU WITH THE INSULIN AND THEN YOU CAN PAY FOR THE EGGS. THAT’S GREAT. YOU GUYS DO GREAT WORK. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING WITH THEM. AND AGAIN, YOU CAN HEAD THERE TO THE LIBRARY TODAY. REMIND ME THE LIBRARY AGAIN, IT’S IN FORT. YES. I’M SORRY. I DON’T REMEMBER THE I JUST MOVED TO FORT PIERCE, SO SORRY, THE KILMER BRANCH. I SAW IT. I COULDN’T REMEMBER THE KILMER BRANCH LIBRARY FROM 10 TO 11. TODAY I WORK TOGETHER. IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HANDS OF ST LUCIE COUNTY. I WAS EXPLORING YOUR WEBSITE THIS A LOT OF GREAT RESOURCES EXPLAINS EVERYTHING. SO GO CHECK IT OUT. JUST GO OUR WEBSITE. WE’VE PUT A LINK, MAKE IT EASY FOR AT WPBF DOT COM. THANKS S

Hands of St. Lucie County holding mobile clinic to help low-income, uninsured adults

Video above: The latest headlines and weather from WPBF 25 NewsHands of St. Lucie County is helping low-income, uninsured adults. They are holding a mobile clinic Tuesday at the Fort Pierce Library.Click here to learn more about how Hands of Saint Lucie County can help you.

Video above: The latest headlines and weather from WPBF 25 News

Hands of St. Lucie County is helping low-income, uninsured adults. They are holding a mobile clinic Tuesday at the Fort Pierce Library.

Click here to learn more about how Hands of Saint Lucie County can help you.

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