I have been involved with the clinic both as a volunteer for 6 years and in a working relationship from Centegra Health System this last 3 years. Helping patients find the needed care and compassion is very important. Seeing the results of the "team work" is so amazing. One patient who was in need of their diabetes medication and a doctor has found both. This patient was in the emergency room on the average of 4 to 6 times a month. He had no doctor and had not been educated on how to controll his illness. Working together he now has regular check ups and has learned how to manage his medication and hasn't been hospitalized in over 8 months. He is very grateful to have found a place he felt welcomed and found true compassion during his visits. I have recommended the clinic to many patients who have no insurance and need care. Knowing the staff will take care of them and treat them with respect I feel confident in doing so. I enjoy volunteering with both the Breast Cancer annual race and the gala dinner to help raise funds to support this great clinic. I look forward to working with FHPC for many more years and can be very proud to be apart of such a great cause.
In 2007, I graduated from nursing school. I started my very first nursing position at Woodstock Memorial Hospital. As a new grad I was very eager to attend symposiums and lectures. At each one, there were always tables of vendors and one table for the Family Health Partnership Clinic. It was there I met Kathy Rauch for the first time. She was so warm and inviting. I could tell she had such a strong passion for the clinic. She was so enthusiastic I felt it, too. I made an appointment to visit the clinic and get a tour. It wasn't the latest and greatest of anything but the people there were so welcoming. I started volunteering for pediatric days since I had started working on a pediatric unit. While the patients weren't so happy to get their vaccines, the parents were so very grateful. Eventually, I'd get some smiles from the kids. My schedule changed and I could only commit to Saturdays. On Saturdays, the clinic helped patients get their medications through the a special program with pharmaceutical companies. Patients were able to get their much needed medication at either a fraction of the cost or for free. This is a huge help for so many people. If it weren't for that program, many of them would not get their diabetic medications, heart medications, or even psychiatric medications. With this program, these patients can help keep their conditions under control and stay healthier. Working in the hospital within miles of the clinic, I was able to talk to patients and other medical professionals about the clinic. Sometimes, I even had the pleasure of taking care of patients in the hospital that I had taken care of in the clinic. The clinic often has fundraisers and events to raise money and awareness for the clinic. I always love attending those events. Every Spring there is a themed gala. I love getting my friends together to have a night of fun and help a good cause. This year I started a new position at another hospital about an hour away from the clinic. I live near this hospital, too. The commute is very difficult for me so I have not been able to volunteer much at the clinic. I still strongly support the clinic and look forward to their fundraising events. I still talk to patients and other professionals about the clinic. The medical field is well networked. I wish there were more people like those at Family Health Partnership Clinic and I wish there were more clinics like it!
I am in middle school and have been volunteering at the clinic for a couple of years. The clinic is a place where I have seen people get excellent care from a staff that is super to work with. Family Health Partnership Clinic is a place where people with no insurance can receive medical care and no one is turned away if they can not pay. I love what the clinic does for people!