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Please Support MCTV’s Community Organization Of The Month
Please Support MCTV’s Community Organization Of The Month
 
MCTV is pleased to recognize the Western Stark Free Clinic as our Community Organization of the Month for May. Please join us in thanking them for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Stark County. You can support them financially at our office.
Western Stark Free Clinic is a free clinic serving low-income, uninsured residents in our community. They are open four days a week and operate primarily with volunteer physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. While services are always provided free to patients, they are not free to provide.
The mission of the Western Stark Free Clinic is to provide community-based, comprehensive, quality health care to low-income, uninsured and underserved residents.
The Free Clinic, which was established in 1999, provides primary medical care for residents of western Stark County including routine care, acute episodic care, as well as care for chronic conditions. Medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services are provided by volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, surgeons, nurses, and trained patient health educators and advocates. To be eligible for services, patients must be 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements of 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level, and live within the geographical boundaries established by WSFC’s Board of Directors which identifies western Stark County. The north, south and western boundaries of our service area are the Stark County line and the eastern boundary is Whipple Avenue. The Clinic does not accept patients with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute just reported that 14% of Stark County residents are uninsured in 2014. The uninsured are not always as visible as are some people who face obvious challenges in their lives through no fault of their own. It does not mean that the obstacles the uninsured face are not as severe. In fact, a lack of proper medical care can be and often is life threatening.  The uninsured must often make decisions that not only affect them but their families and the community at large. The question often is, “Do I see a doctor and fill a prescription or do I buy food for my family, school supplies for my children?”  The decision can even be as serious as a child missing school to stay home to care for a sick parent.  What are people to do to receive the appropriate healthcare to allow them to work, support their families both financially and actively, pay taxes and be an integral part of their community?
 
It is important to note that even with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio in 2014, the need for the Free Clinic has not been eliminated. “There is a misconception that this is universal coverage. It’s not. The Affordable Care Act is just a first step. It was never meant to cover everyone”, says National Associate of Free and Charitable Clinic’s executive director Nicole Lamoureux Busby. The Affordable Care Act does not mean that all Americans will have insurance coverage. In fact, studies estimate that millions will remain without it. In addition, the IRS has delayed assessing penalties on employers failing to offer health coverage until 2015. 
Utilizing volunteers, the Western Stark Free Clinic provided over 1,500 patient visits for approximately 500 unduplicated patients in 2013.  According to the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, every dollar invested in free clinics brought in an average of $6.70 worth of care due to the use of volunteers and other cost-effective strategies.
There are many ways to support the Western Stark Free Clinic.  Here is the Clinic’s Wish List for aid:
 
  • Volunteers:
    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Medical Assistants
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Pharmacists
    • Dentists
    • Dental Assistants 
  • Monetary Donations
  • Dental Supplies
  • Medical Supplies
  • Cleaning Products
  • Office Supplies
  • Paper Products
  • Personal Care Item

Please contact the Western Stark Free Clinic if you would like to donate any of the above items. 
By Phone: 330-834-1546
By Mail:
Western Stark Free Clinic
820 Amherst Road N.E.
Massillon , Ohio 44646
Email: info@wsclinic.org
Hours:
Monday thru Thursday: 9:00 am - noon / 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
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