Catholic Charities is recruiting volunteer medical staff – Arkansas Catholic

Clinic will get a new title, will continue to offer no cost healthcare treatment to those in want

Posted: January 31, 2023

Chris Price

Volunteers with the Catholic Charities Clinical Clinic, witnessed listed here Jan. 10, include (front row, from left) Vallon Williams Dr. Susana Granell-Belmunt and Gail Runnells (back row, left to right) Dr. Steven McKee Dr. Jeffrey Carfagno, Dr. David Reding and Lyndsey Pardue.&#13

For much more than 50 years, Catholic Charities of Arkansas has labored with volunteer professional medical providers to offer absolutely free wellness care to central Arkansans. 

With a new identify, options are underway to recruit, modernize and improve to far better fulfill its goal of supporting these in require.

The Catholic Charities Medical Clinic, previously the Westside Totally free Professional medical Clinic, at the St. John Center in Little Rock, serves all those with out means to spend for overall health treatment and medicine, explained Janice Bohac, who was employed as director of the clinic in August. 

She replaces Karen DiPippa, who retired in July soon after 33 years as director.

“Our mission of offering no cost charitable principal treatment drugs and charitable pharmacy to all those clients will stay the same that we have normally had considering that we started out Feb. 24, 1971,” Bohac reported. “We’re concentrating on providing totally free health and fitness treatment to individuals in have to have, who have no signifies of health and fitness insurance coverage and can’t manage prescriptions. Some of these individuals have no income. They cannot pay for $10 for a clinic check out or a prescription.”&#13

“Our mission of delivering absolutely free charitable main care medicine and charitable pharmacy to those people will keep on being the exact same that we’ve normally experienced considering the fact that we began Feb. 24, 1971,” she reported. “We’re focusing on supplying cost-free well being treatment to those in need to have, who have no means of wellbeing insurance policies and are unable to manage prescriptions. Some of these individuals have no cash. They are not able to find the money for $10 for a clinic visit or a prescription.”

Considering the fact that assuming leadership, Bohac’s demand has been helping the clinic reemerge just after the COVID-19 pandemic. For now, it usually means the clinic will only aim on principal care and the pharmacy. Affected person visits are by appointment only on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. The clinic is operating with other wellbeing care companies, together with CHI St. Vincent and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, each in Small Rock, for referrals to experts.

“Our most important intention ideal now is to grow our volunteer foundation to progress our mission in philanthropy in phrases of giving and serving the individuals we see,” she mentioned.

The clinic is now staffed by 13 medical professionals, nurses, pharmacists and Spanish-speaking interpreters who offer their time and expert services for free of charge, but Bohac, a member of Our Girl of Fatima Church in Benton, has set a target of escalating volunteer health-related employees to meet the demands of sufferers. The clinic is also updating its digital health-related and pharmacy information programs to improved engage and seamlessly share data with other vendors and pharmacies to make improvements to the continuum of care.

“If we can build our foundation of volunteers, we can extend our model that we currently have in location, and then we can incorporate more patients and extra services,” she said.

Dennis Lee, Diocese of Minimal Rock’s chancellor for administrative affairs, explained the clinic’s name adjust was made to greater replicate its mission under Catholic Charities of Arkansas.

“It was called the Westside Free of charge Professional medical Clinic since, when it was founded, it was centered out on the west aspect of Little Rock. When the clinic’s physical amenities were moved in this article to Catholic Charities of Arkansas the title just failed to fit any longer, and it was time to rename it,” Lee said. “Sometimes when chatting to persons when I’d say Westside Free Health-related Clinic, they had no concept it was a ministry of the Catholic Church in Arkansas. The clinic is open to persons — professional medical personnel and patients — of all faiths, but the identify alter is on activity for what we do and for men and women to establish what we’re accomplishing as portion of Catholic Charities.”

Bohac claimed healthcare professionals volunteering 3 hours a week can make a significant affect in the life of people who simply cannot get health-related treatment any where else.  

“There are so quite a few many volunteers about the last 50 years who have supplied their time, which includes some who have been volunteering for 30 several years,” Bohac said. “It’s the passion of these volunteers who make our clinic and our ministry possible. If there is certainly a health care provider, nurse, pharmacist out there who’s been discerning about providing their time to a excellent cause, we’d love to discuss with them. It won’t have to be a massive motivation. I’m hoping that that passion is cultivated in our message for other folks to want to give and to aid what we have carried out more than the final 50 yrs and retain it heading 50 far more yrs.”

For far more info, to volunteer or schedule an appointment, get in touch with the Catholic Charities Medical Clinic at (501) 664-0340.

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