Church in Destin, Florida, Serves Through Medical Clinic
by: Stafford North | October 16, 2017
The Destin Church of Christ recognized a need in their community to provide medical help to many around them who were working uninsured and medically underserved residents of Okaloosa and Walton Counties in Florida. They say that “health is more than the absence of disease, and can be achieved by addressing physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs.” The clinic began in 2009 and since then has served more than a thousand patients. Their efforts have provided more than $600,000in free medical care and provided proscriptions valued at $935,000.
Patients must first be admitted to the program through a process that determines their need and their qualification for the program. Doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and mental health counselors donate their time to assist the patients. In addition, clinic volunteers run lab machines, handle prescriptions, answer questions, assist with documents, and enter data into the medical records system.
Links with schools in the area who have various types of medical programs allows students in training to come to the health clinic to serve and to learn.
Services provided through this program are: primary care, women’s health, prescription assistance, licensed mental health counselors, basic lab work and blood analysis, case management, education related to health promotion and maintenance, referrals to medical specialists, social services, and healthcare programs, and referrals to faith-based resources for patients who have need and/or interest.
This program is fulfilling Jesus command to help the poor and needy as well as to spread the gospel message. For more information call 850.837.8424 or go on line at www.hopemedclinic.org.