Dear Volunteers, Donors, Patients and Friends, I would like to take the time to thank you for your dedicated service to the Fayette CARE Clinic over the years. As you know, Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic had humble beginnings in 2004-2005 when through the vision and dedication of Mary Ann Cox, Dr. Betsy Horton, dedicated community advocates and others, it opened its doors for about one evening per week. The mission at that time was to care for those in Fayette County who had no other place to turn for basic health care. That continues to be the core of our mission today.
Over the past year, there has been growth and change. We celebrate these as signs of the organization’s vitality. Here I mention a few changes. First, we congratulated Janis Williams who retired from her role as Office Manager and Sandra Lancaster who has retired from her role as Data Manager. Their contributions were enormous and will be remembered. Anita Calderon with a business owner’s background has filled the Office Manager role with full steam and Clara Richards brings in skills from her work as a Project Manager at the United Kingdom Department of Health to the Data Manager position. A part time Fundraising Coordinator, with an extensive background in healthcare non-profits, Jerra Ferguson was added to the team. Fayette CARE Clinic adopted a flexible work schedule model to help battle the challenge of limited space. With this new policy, employees can opt to come in ½ day on Fridays when the clinic is normally closed to patients in order to take care of administrative tasks, instead of peak hours when there is not enough workspace. Same day appointment slots are now available. Health coaching was strengthened. In addition, Fayette CARE Clinic has taken measures to improve access for patients with limited English proficiency.
From a quality of care perspective, Fayette CARE Clinic has made several achievements. Most notably, colorectal cancer screening rates have increased by 20%, over 140 patients have been screened for HIV, and a pilot intervention project involving a subset of patients demonstrated: • Thirty seven percent of patients achieved a lower Body Mass Index than at start of project, • Twenty three percent of patients (diabetic and non-diabetic) decreased their hemoglobin A1c Sixty six percent of diabetics surveyed, with a pre and post-test diabetes knowledge survey, showed improvement in scores.
Our need for funds to support the general operating budget continue to be great. With uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the clinic could face a dramatic increase in the number of uninsured individuals needing health services and such demands will have an immediate impact on its ability to meet the need.
Your generosity is crucial and appreciated.
Please email the clinic with your questions and concerns.
Yours truly, Loida Bonney, MD, MPH Executive Director/Medical Director
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