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Hope Health Clinic expands its services in La Grange

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By Taylor Riley

 

When Hope Health Clinic opened its doors in La Grange in 2011, the affordable clinic was home to six local physicians and a nurse practitioner. Today, the clinic has a team of ten physicians and nurses caring for the needs of those who are indigent, without insurance or underinsured.

New to the clinic is the cutting edge service of gene testing. This tests patients’ genes to find the most effective medicine for their illness.

The clinic is also now providing free education, monitors and strips to diabetics to keep their disease in a controlled state.

Hope Health currently only serves those 18 and up, but according to Administrator Janet Warren, it is working on caring for ages four and up in the near future. These patients would qualify if their parents aren’t on Medicaid or if they have a very high deducible.

The clinic is also in the process of providing dental services for patients.

Fifty-eight percent of workers in Oldham County do not have access to insurance or cannot pay the high deductable prices of their policy, Warren said.

“There is still a huge need even in an affluent county,” Warren said. “We are trying to address people’s health needs and keep them working.”

Even with the Affordable Care Act, people with chronic conditions still need help, according to Warren. Hope Health does not bill insurance and only charges patients $10 for a visit and has a nominal fee for lab work.

Hope Health has served over 2,000 patients in Oldham, Henry, Trimble and Carroll Counties in the past three years, according to Warren.

“Financial support is critical,” Warren said. “It’s a community serving its community.”

Hope Health is actually totally dependent on financial support of the community, accepting donations and volunteer work. According to Director Marsha Biven, the volunteers are what keep the clinic successful.

“From the person who greets the patient at the front desk to the person who records vital signs and places the patient in the room, all are generous community and mission minded people who make what we are doing at the clinic possible,” Biven said.

According to Director Fran Scott, the volunteers say the compensation is the “satisfaction of service and gratitude of patients.”

“The Hope Health Clinic is really a return of the way things used to be, when communities depended on neighbors helping others, not governments,” Scott said.

If you would like to donate, volunteer or need more information, go to hopehealthclinicky.com.

Email us about this story at taylorriley@oldhamera.com.