Program Recap - Aug. 27, 2014
At its last regular meeting, the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley welcomed the Clinic Director of the Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, Mr. Jerry Hermanson. The Clinic, located near the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, has been providing primary medical care for uninsured, low income families in both Macon and Jackson counties for the past 8 ½ years.
Considered a “safety net” provider, the Clinic seeks to bridge the gap for those who do not have insurance through employment, and who also do not qualify for medical coverage through other providers like Medicaid.
Open one night a week, the Clinic served over 3,000 patients, for 9,000 visits, in 2013. Serving both acute and chronic conditions, diabetes, hypertension and obesity are among the most common chronic concerns. To address all needs, the Clinic provides general clinical care and specialty care through the Diabetes Care Clinic, Behavioral Health Clinic, and a new Gynecological Clinic open once a month.
The Clinic employs 31 volunteers, and operation costs are supported by grants, donations, and partnerships with community agencies, like the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, which provided lab work totaling about $81,000. Actual expenses for 2013 totaled $171,616, compared with the total value of service given, estimated at $536,000. For every dollar spent, patients received $3.12 worth of care.
The Clinic is expanding to include screenings for chronic diseases to provide early interventions and support in the hopes of reducing the numbers of lives negatively impacted by each. Continued support through volunteering and donations is imperative to the success of the Community Care Clinic in the future.
The clinic is located at 52 Aunt Dora Road in Highlands, NC. For more information, call (828) 526-1991.