A health clinic is now open at a first-of-its-kind location. The St. Vincent Medical Group Health Clinic, inside Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. in Indianapolis, offers options for care that doesn't require an emergency room visit. The health care provider says the food bank-based health clinic arrangement is the only one like it in Indiana and among the first in the country.
St. Vincent Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Nalli says "no Hoosier should have to go hungry or struggle to access the healthcare they need. As a mission-driven health system with a long history of providing healthcare to all, especially the most vulnerable, we believe this partnership and new clinic location will allow us to provide a vital resource for our fellow Hoosiers who struggle with the interconnected issues of hunger and limited access to healthcare services."
The organizations say studies show more than 200,000 Marion County residents are forced to choose food over preventative healthcare services. "In Indiana, we are fortunate to have organizations that are committed to collaborating and working together to eliminate barriers that threaten our fellow Hoosiers' health and well-being,” said Gleaners Chief Executive Officer John Elliott. "We hope innovative models and collaborative efforts like this will help keep the momentum going as more organizations and communities join forces to provide high-quality, nutritious food, reduce the number of people in the food line and meet all the needs of our fellow Hoosiers struggling with poverty."
Health problems treatable at the clinic include: animal and insect bites, coughs, colds and sore throats, cuts and lacerations, diarrhea and vomiting, ear and eye infections, flu and fevers, minor burns and rashes, simple fractures, sprains and strains and sinus infections and bronchitis.
It will have hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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