The Point Washington Medical Clinic has been busy treating patients in Point Washington and Panama City with high-quality health care. In our first ever newsletter, we share our Hurricane Michael aid statistics, insight from a patient and a volunteer and much more.
Often the end of a year (fiscal, birth, anniversary) is a time for reflection, reflecting on the goals achieved, those not attained and those unexpected! In reviewing the PWMCs first year our results exceeded our expectations. Here is the impact we had in our community.
In our first year we were open 6 hours on Wednesdays 49 weeks of the year. In that time we were able to serve 561 patients and had 967 patient visits. We provided more than $120,000* in office visits to members of our community in need of primary and episodic care.
It is also important to note that none of this would be possible without our volunteers. The Point Washington Medical Clinic received more than 3,800 volunteer hours from more than 30 members of our community.
This far exceeded our goals and modest expectations for year one. Needless to say we are very excited to see what year 2 brings!
*This does not include medication assistance or procedures that hove been donated for our patients and is based on $125 cash pay for an urgent care visit.
POINT WASHINGTON — Point Washington Medical Clinic has recently opened to provide medical care to those who cannot afford it. The clinic is a ministry of Point Washington United Methodist Church (PWUMC) and is located in the Stephens Center behind the church’s sanctuary. While the clinic does accept donations, which are tax deductible, there is no charge for treatment and insurance is not required.
Dr. Patsy Vargo and Hillary Glenn, DNP, ARNP, the visionaries behind the clinic, are the physicians on duty. The clinic is also served by several volunteer nurses. In addition to the full volunteer medical staff, the clinic has several assisting in translation, check-in and health education.
“We strive to deliver quality medical care in a safe, non-traditional setting. All patients are accepted. All ages are accepted. No documents, no pay statements, no insurance, no problem,” Vargo said.
Glenn echoed that sentiment. “It’s such a great privilege to be able to provide this service to our community. I believe it adds so much value to an already unique and welcoming area such as Point Washington. We hope to see, serve and connect with our surrounding neighbors through this new outreach.”
The clinic will treat non-emergent ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, simple lacerations (tetanus can be given when indicated), simple infections of the ears, sinuses and lungs, and seasonal allergies. The clinic will also offer required and preventative services such as school and sport physicals. Efforts have been made to procure medications that are reasonably priced. Emergency life threatening ailments will be referred to the appropriate emergency room. Narcotics or controlled substances will not be dispensed.
The clinic is at 1290 N. County Road 395 in Point Washington. It is open from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. All efforts will be made to continue exams until all patients have been seen.