HOPE Healthcare Services (HOPE), a 501c3 not-for-profit medical and dental clinic based in Avon, Indiana for underserved individuals, has received a $10,000 grant from Urology of Indiana. The grant will be used to support wages, for HOPE clinical staff, supplies and equipment necessary to serve patients on site at the clinic.
The grant was awarded via a blind donor matching process through the Central Indiana Community Foundation. “This is a large grant for us, and we are very grateful. I was surprised and thrilled that Urology of Indiana knew about our work and that it resonated with them. Our clinic relies on grants, donations and special events to fund our programs and keep the doors open,” says HOPE Executive Director, John Mollaun.
Urology of Indiana is the largest urology private practice in Indiana with over 45 providers. It provides cost-effective comprehensive urologic, urogynecologic and cancer care with 16 locations across Indianapolis and central Indiana. “We are excited to provide HOPE with resources they need for their daily operations. They are doing valuable work. Our corporate giving team is committed to supporting organizations like theirs that are promoting positive health outcomes,” says Britt McDermott, Urology of Indiana’s Chief Executive Officer.
The only requirements needed to take advantage of HOPE’s on-site clinical services is that patients are uninsured and don’t live in Marion County. “We have patients from all over who come here – not just Indiana. We don’t include Marion County residents because they have multiple resources for the underserved, such as Eskenazi Health. But, we will certainly help people connect with the resources they need,” Mollaun continues. Patients are seen by appointment and pay a low fee at each visit – $30 for the first time and $10 for each subsequent visit, but they don’t turn anyone away. The goal of the program is to identify and manage chronic diseases (such as diabetes and hypertension) as well as identify and treat other illnesses and prevent unnecessary and expensive trips to the emergency room.
“Our data show that patient compliance is up when they pay for our services. Over 90% of patients pay, and we have a Grace Fund for those who are unable to. We absolutely encourage people to get health insurance. We are helping those who slip through the cracks. There are 19,000 adults in Hendricks County who are uninsured,” Mollaun says.
HOPE has been in business since 2005 and serves as the medical home for approximately 600-700 patients per year, with 1500 total patient-visits at the clinic each year. It relies on 110 medical, dental and other professionals who volunteer their time and services along with four paid staff members to provide patient care. Physicians who volunteer at the clinic include family physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists, pulmonologists, urologists and dentists. There is also a pharmacist who works closely with a nutritionist and a chiropractor who works with physical therapy and occupational therapy.
Relative to future plans, Mollaun says that HOPE wants to grow and expand. “We are using only 20% of our building’s capacity. We would like to start a direct primary care clinic that offers same-day or next-day appointments and accepts patients with insurance. About 59% of the businesses in Hendricks County have four or less employees – so providing employee health insurance is cost-prohibitive. This would be a great resource for them. We are currently looking for a physician who would be interested in staffing the clinic,” Mollaun concludes.