Release Date: Immediate By: Jessica Osenbrügge St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic Contact: Jessica Osenbrügge, 262-544-6777, firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CLINIC RECEIVES GRANT AWARD FROM AURORA HEALTH CARE’S BETTER TOGETHER FUND
(01/31/2017) Immediate St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, Inc., a free clinic serving Waukesha County, is a 2017 grant recipient of the Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund administered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The $67,000 grant award will be used to expand services under the clinic’s “Continuity of Care” healthcare program.
St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic and ProHealth Care’s Waukesha Family Practice Center began a partnership in 2016 to increase primary and specialty care access for the uninsured and underserved individuals and families who reside, work, or attend higher education in Waukesha County. This partnership developed the “Continuity of Care” model which is designed to provide patients with a neighborhood medical home. The program offers primary care, chronic disease management, health education, labs and x-rays, medications, specialty care including podiatry, women’s health, and physical therapy, and referrals and support to many health and human services agencies in Waukesha County. The clinic also has a Homeless Outreach program and a Latino Health program.
In 2017, the grant funding from Aurora’s Better Together Fund will expand clinic services to include some Behavioral Health including treatment of depression and anxiety, and a unique collaboration with the Food Pantry of Waukesha County in which food delivery will be offered at the two downtown clinics locations for St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, 826 N. East Ave. and 210 NW Barstow Street. Additionally, occupational therapy assistant students and physical therapist assistant students from Bryant & Stratton College in Wauwatosa will be working with the clinic’s medical providers and helping with cognitive and developmental assessment, recommendations on mobility and pain management, and patient support and education.
Though the nation’s healthcare laws may change under a new presidential administration, the uninsured and underserved in Waukesha County continue to need help. In 2016, St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic saw a 65 percent increase in patients needing help with their medical care due to the inability to afford healthcare services and/or insurance. Jessica Osenbrügge, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, explained, “We are honored to be the recipient of this grant. It will allow us to build upon our healthcare programs that meet the needs in Waukesha County. We are celebrating 40 years in 2017. Patients remain just as important to us as ever, and we know there are many who are struggling to access primary care”.
The Aurora Health Care Better Together Fund is a contribution to help community-based providers expand primary care and behavioral health services, as well as sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and treatment programs. Through this fund, grant recipients are able to serve their communities with better access to health care so all can live well. Learn more at aurora.org/bettertogether.
For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families, and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,200 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and it also is among the largest.
St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, assists uninsured or underinsured individuals and operates with a small core staff and volunteer medical providers from local healthcare systems. Helping patients understand how to manage their health including education of diet and exercise along with support in coordinating medical care with local healthcare systems and community resources is a core component of the clinic’s medical care. For a full listing of services, hours of operation, to make an appointment, or to donate, contact the clinic at 262-544-6777 or visit the clinic on the web at www.sjmdc.net.