Mission: Bartow Health Access mission is to provide access to healthcare solutions in Bartow County to those in need.
Results: During the first 5 months of 2009:
We have served 724 patients. Our partners provided $298,722 in medical care and $24,468 in medication for our cients
Target demographics: Bartow Health Access is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, to provide accessible health care for those without insurance; more specifically, to create premier health status, in our community, by enhancing, coordinating and providing plans and partnerships, which address accessibility, accountability, prevention, education and information. BHA will offer a comprehensive approach that includes comprehensive, family-centered services to address the full range of non-emergency health and well needs.
We provide appointments with our healthcare partners to furnish services to our clients.
All Bartow County residents are eligible for our services. They must be without any health insurance and 200% or below the federal poverty level.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our projections is serving 1500 patients for 2009
Geographic areas served: Bartow County
Programs: Provide medical, dental, behavioral, and specialty care referrals for the working poor, uninsured and homeless of bartow county. The organization's primary goal is to coneect and create a comprehensive healthcare home for bartow county's medically underserved population. Currently, bartow county has an uninsured rate of approximately 30% and unemployment rate that exceeds the national average.
patients establish ongoing, long-term relationships with dedicated primary care physicians serving in our community. Most importantly, the new center provides a comfortable environment for their clients, where all people are treated with dignity and respect. To qualify for services, patients must be uninsured or eligible for medicaid/medicare and their income must be below 200% of federal poverty. Clients participate in their own healthcare. Many pay on a much reduced sliding fee schedule.
I was attracted to the activities of Bartow Heath Access by its efforts to help the "working poor" obtain access to medical care. After several years of serving as a referal service for several years and delivering care ranging from heart surgery to a multitude of chronic illnesses, as well as the relataed prescriiption drug, for some 10,000 clients, BHA is on the verge of opening as full service medical clinic.
It has been exciting to watch this organization grow and to now be able serve as a member of its board,
It took several years to get Bartow Health Access (BHA) up and running, but we are helping patients now! Having our own building has been a blessing and we look forward to having a fulltime physician on board soon. With our county's unemployment over 20%, BHA provides a much needed service to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Bartow County. Please consider supporting this vital non-profit organization with your financial donations. Thank you.