Southeast Indiana Health Center board members and volunteers recently celebrated its first anniversary.
On June 4, 2013, the center (located at 374 Northside Drive, Suite F, Batesville) opened its doors. Its mission is “to provide for the health and wellness needs of the medically uninsured residents of Franklin and Ripley counties,” reports Linda Tuttle, SEIHC board secretary.
Over the past year, “371 people have been registered as patients,” says manager Paul Tyrer. Thirty-six are under 18, and 335 are over 18. “Most patients have returned for follow-up visits. Some have needed multiple follow-ups. I would estimate visits in excess of 700.
“On average, with two clinic openings (Tuesday and Thursday evenings) between 13-19 people are seen each week. Recently, we started a third clinic (Monday evenings) with expectations to increase the number of people served per week to 16-24 on average.”
He reveals some of the reasons community members are coming to the clinic: “Routinely, we see an even mix of primary care and preventative. During winter months/flu season, there was a higher demand for people who were sick with flu-type (symptoms) .... We very often diagnose and follow up blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid concerns and have often been a part of a diagnosis and treatment involving higher level of care, hospital admissions and surgery.”
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the SEIHC. Currently, there are 12 doctors, three nurse practitioners, one physician assistant, 30 nurses and 25 clerical helpers who donate their time.
Other volunteers are always welcome. Persons can contact Tyrer at 932-4515 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The volunteer application and new patient registration forms will soon be available at www.seihc.org.
“Serving the people of Franklin and Ripley counties with no insurance” has been one of the successes that has been achieved over the past year, the manager reports. “Serving just one person and making a difference to their health status is a success. Serving over 300 is phenomenal.”