Clinic Highlight: Free Clinic of Meridian Named Civitan Citizen of the Year

NAFC Member the Free Clinic of Meridian in Meridian Mississippi was named Citizen of the Year by the Meridian Civitan Club.  Each year the Civitans recognize an organization or a person who has contributed to the community in ways that epitomize the Creed and Purposes of the Civitan Organization. 

The focus of the clinic is on preventive care and regular maintenance of those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. 

The Free Clinic was also the recipient of a grant from the NAFC and the CVS Health Foundation earlier this year in support of a chronic disease management program to reduce the onset of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in at-risk patients.  The “A Healthier YOU” program provides classes in nutrition, fitness, home monitoring, weight control, and smoking cessation. Participants are provided with home monitoring equipment, smoking cessation tools, and incentives for class attendance and reaching certain goals. Both clinical and behavioral measurements will be tracked over a 12-month period to determine the impact of the program. The program is open to any of the more than 500 patients at the Free Clinic of Meridian.

Congratulations Free Clinic of Meridian and thank you for the important work you do for your community!

 

Read the full press release below:

Free Clinic of Meridian Named Civitan Citizen of the Year

Meridian Civitan Club Recognizes Free Clinic for Service to the Community

Meridian, MS—July 19, 2017 - The Free Clinic of Meridian was named Citizen of the Year by the Meridian Civitan Club.  Each year the Civitans recognize an organization or a person who has contributed to the community in ways that epitomize the Creed and Purposes of the Civitan Organization.

Board President, Brenda Hiatt, credits the volunteers with the success of the Clinic.  “We are so honored to be recognized by the Civitan Club in this way.  However, the credit for our success goes to the local physicians, nurse practitioners, medical residents, nurses, and front desk personnel who volunteer more than 5000 hours of time every year.  With a staff of only two part-time employees, the Clinic could not exist without our volunteers.”   The Clinic is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors.  Dr. Lee Valentine serves as the Medical Director.

The Clinic is totally supported by private donations and grants.  Both Rush Foundation Hospital and Anderson Regional Hospital support the Clinic with goods and services.    Grants are also very important to the Clinic’s sustainability.  “Grants from the Riley Foundation, the Earnest Workers Circle, the United Way, the Baird Trust, and the Paul and Sherry Broadhead Foundation allow us to provide primary care and medications for our patients,” said Hiatt.  In 2017, the Clinic received a grant from the CVS Foundation that has allowed the development of a healthy lifestyles program called “A Healthier YOU.”  In addition, numerous churches, civic clubs, and individuals regularly contribute funds and supplies.

Those wishing to apply for services at the Free Clinic must make application at the Clinic and will need to provide a photo ID, Social Security number, and proof of income, such as pay stubs or current Income Tax Returns for all members of the household.  Criteria for receiving services at the Clinic include being ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare, having no health insurance, and having an income no greater than 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for a household of their size.  Applications are available at the Clinic, 4707 Poplar Springs Drive, or on the website, www.freeclinicofmeridian.com

Patients are seen by appointment only after review of their application.  The Free Clinic of Meridian is open on Mondays 9:00-4:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-8:00 PM, and Wednesdays, 9:00-4:00.  The focus of the Clinic is on preventive care and regular maintenance of those who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

For more information, call the Clinic at 601-286-5551, visit the website, www.freeclinicofmeridian.com, or the Free Clinic of Meridian Facebook page.  Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to continue to meet the needs of the uninsured in our community.  Volunteer shifts are four hours once a week, once a month, or whenever a person is available.  For nonmedical volunteers, basic computer skills are required.  Volunteer applications are available on the webpage.

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