Over the past five years, the foundation has worked with Paul Chandler PA-C along with Glenn Carlson and the Governing Committee to open That Neighborhood Free Health Clinic (TNFHC) to serve the residents of the Vistula Neighborhood. Through the help of the foundation during the summer of 2013 we remodeled five rooms on the first floor of the YMCA at 306 Bush St. with the help of many volunteers, and a generous donation from The Anderson’s. In God's timing ProMedica and Toledo Hospital donated several thousand dollars of equipment to furnish the rooms, including exam tables and waiting room chairs. On December 6, 2013, we held an open house raising 4500.00 dollars. On Tuesday 14 Jan 2014 we opened the doors to our first patients.
Over the past 24 months, we have been serving the Vistula neighborhood providing health care that up until Jan of 2014 had not been available. We have gone from seeing one to two patients a night to seeing 10 to 12 patients a night. In 2014 we had 477 patient visits, and in 2015 we had 668 patient visits, for a total of 1145 patient visits. Also, we have created strategic partnerships with ProMedica and Toledo Hospital, University of Toledo (UT) Center for Health and Successful Living, we have also continued to work on building partnerships with Toledo Public Schools (TPS), one matters, One Village and others. Financially we have gone from being around 8,000 dollars in the red to approximately 9,000 dollars in the black. We have a base of volunteers that give of their time and finances to ensure our neighbors have free quality healthcare.
Over the past two years, we have identified needs in the community that either was not detected previously or were not seen to be as big a need, like availability of labs and x-rays. Diabetes and Hypertension are epidemics in our neighborhood. There is a considerable need for classes to teach our diabetic patients about their disease and how to care for themselves nutritionally along with Hypertensive education. We, therefore, moved forward with procuring CLIA waived lab equipment and can now do Basic Metabolic Panels (BMP), Liver Profiles, Hemoglobin A1C, Lipid Panels all in-house, also we obtained a 5,000-dollar grant from ProMedica and Toledo Hospital for labs that cannot be done in-house. We also partnered with University of Toledo (UT) Center for Health and Successful Living to provide health education and to coach for our patients. Also, we have partnered with UT Physician Assistant Program to have Physician Assistant Students working in the clinic on a volunteer basis with our Physicians, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners to enhance their education and serve our patients.
If you would like to get involved with TNFHC, please contact the clinic at:
That Neighborhood Free Health Clinic
306 Bush St
Toledo, OH 43606
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