NEWS RELEASE... Reprinted
with the permission of The Pilot. Copyright 2005 The Pilot.
Free Care Clinic Will Be a Year
Old in April
By H. David Bruton, M.D.: Moore
Free Care Clinic
One of America’s
most important problems is the large number of our citizens who cannot
afford the excellent medical care available. On April 29, 2005, we will
complete our first year of serving our Moore County
neighbors who earn less than the federal poverty level and have no health
Moore Free Care Clinic (MFCC) is clearly a niche player. We do not
come close to meeting the total need. One of our goals for 2005 is to
develop the resources to increase the number of patients we can help. This
is a very generous community. We are confident that we will be able to
increase our service capacity this year. We have learned a lot about how to
run a free clinic this first eight months.
In a required pre-application interview for assistance, the
director of the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation asked me our most important
need. My immediate reply: “To stay in business.”
County, our hospital
and physicians provide an amazing amount of uncompensated care. Yet they
are the clinic’s major contributors. The hospital gives us a large
cash grant and free lab and X-rays studies. The physicians are major cash
contributors, and they contribute their professional services treating our
patients. But we look to the community to “keep us in
Providing prescription medicines is a major challenge.
Pharmaceutical manufactures have a Prescription Assistance Program (PAP)
that will provide most medicines free to patients who qualify. The paperwork
is very exacting and detailed, but once we get the patient qualified, they
can receive their medications free for a year.
We have a number of patients who have seen a physician but cannot
afford their medicines. One of our projects for 2005 is to work with a
group that is trying to establish a process that can receive free
medications in bulk and dispense these medicines to our and other indigent
patients. There is currently a six-week delay in PAP drug delivery. We fill
this gap with samples, when we have them, and purchase the medicines when
we must. Some of our pharmacies honor our MFFC prescriptions with deep
discounts — sometimes even giving the medicine to the patient!
This year we would like to begin an electronic medical record in
MFCC. We want to be a part of an exciting effort in our medical community.
We plan to create an electronic medical record for every patient. The
record would be available, with the patient’s permission, to all of
the patient’s caregivers. The lab values, x-rays, consultations would
be up to date and available to all with a need to know.
Nothing we can do in medicine would improve the quality of care
more than institution of an excellent electronic medical record. This
project will take years and cost millions of dollars. The hospital and
physicians working together on this project will have a major impact on
quality long before the project is complete. It is a blessing to live in a
community where the Hospital and Physicians are serious about working
together and improving the quality of medical care.
We need volunteers in every aspect of our clinic. Doctors, nurses,
physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clerical workers, lab techs,
administrators, secretaries, board members and contributors all are
required to make our clinic succeed. If you think, you would like to join
this effort, call and speak to our director, Laura (TJ) Tremper-Jones, or
our secretary, Debbie Whitley. They will put you to work at the most
rewarding job you have ever had.
The Moore Free Care Clinic can be reached at 947-6550.
About Moore Free Care Clinic
Moore Free Care Clinic provides high-quality primary, preventive and
specialty care to limited income people living in Moore County
who are uninsured and can't afford access to health care. Health care
services at the clinic are provided by volunteers, including physicians,
nurses, lab technicians, physician assistants, and clerical workers. The
clinic is located at 705
Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC 28327.
For more information about the clinic, its volunteer opportunities or to
provide a donation, please contact the clinic 910-947-6550 or visit its