St. Joseph's Medical Clinic opened in 1977 and is one of approximately 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics throughout the country, since the 1960's, that have been filling the gap for those who "fall through the cracks" in our broken health care system. Free and Charitable Clinics will remain an important part of the country's safety net, even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Our clinics receive little to no state or federal funding and therefore we rely heavily on the generosity of individual donors, foundations and grants as sources of funding.
June 25, 2015
Following the 2013 and 2014 ACA Marketplace health insurance enrollments the US Department of Health and Human Services released a report on how the ACA affected the number of uninsured in all counties in the United States. It was reported that Waukesha County as of December 2014 has 27,300 individuals who remain without health insurance. This leaves the Free Clinics in Waukesha County and elsewhere with the challenge of meeting the needs of these individuals.
Compassionate, Responsive and Creative
Additionally, the clinic is responding to the continued need by creating a new leadership structure that will support expanding the clinic’s primary care services. In January, the Board of Directors approved an operational enhancement in moving the clinic’s mission forward by bringing on a new Executive Director and creating a Clinic Manager position.
Jessica Osenbrügge is appointed Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic effective June 1, 2015. Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the clinic. She has served in a variety of positions at the Dr. James E. Albrecht Free Clinic in West Bend, WI, including as Business Operations Coordinator. She participated in the community’s Latino Health Outreach Project Steering Team through Casa Guadalupe Education Center, Inc. Since 2014, Jessica has been serving as Vice President of the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinic, a state-wide non-profit organization with a mission to support and strengthen the state’s 70+ free clinics.