Archdiocese of St. Louis – Rural Parish Clinic At St. Joachim Parish Now Open On Mondays For Appointments - The Independent-Journal: Local News

Archdiocese of St. Louis – Rural Parish Clinic At St. Joachim Parish Now Open On Mondays For Appointments

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 1:44 pm

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has established a mobile Rural Parish Clinic that is seeing patients at St. Joachim Parish on Highway 21 in Old Mines.

The mobile clinic is seeing patients by appointment on Mondays at this time. To find out about eligibility and services, individuals should call 1-888-870-9610 or email rpc@ccstl.org for information.

Services provided by the Rural Parish Clinic include Family Practice, Primary Care, Chronic Disease Management and referrals for Social Services.

Who can come to the mobile Rural Parish Clinic? The criteria for patients is NO health insurance, between the ages of 19 and 64 and be included in a group that is considered below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (an example is $51,500 or less as yearly income for a family of four).

To find out about qualifying for the Clinic, contact the 1-888-870-9610 phone, email at rpc@ccstl.org or visit the St. Joachim Parish Incarnate Word Center on Mondays during Clinic hours to speak with someone.

This Clinic is a new initiative to help meet the healthcare needs of the working, uninsured in the rural areas of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The program is a collaboration of the Archdiocese, the Rural Parish Workers of Christ the King and Catholic Charities.

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis said, “Through this clinic, the Catholic Church will help meet the medical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the uninsured working poor, opening doors to services that were previously not available to them.”

The Mobile Clinic is providing primary care through volunteers and support staff that offer acute care - cold, flu, infections and minor injuries; preventative care - annual physicals for women, men and babies; chronic diseases - heart, pulmonary, diabetes and thyroid; gastrointestinal - gastritis, irritable bowel and chronic bowel symptoms, musculoskeletal - arthritis, chronic musculoskeletal symptoms; psychiatric - anxiety and depression; dermatology - skin assessment and wound care; gynecological - abnormal menstruation, pregancy testing and ultrasound; social services - assessments and increased access to resources.

The Rural Parish Workers have been serving the Archdiocese for over 70 years by providing food and clothing; transportation; utility assistance and spiritual encouragement. This new program is an outreach from that program. Miss Natalie Villmer, Rural Parish of Christ the King directress, said, “The Rural Parish Workers of Christ are grateful to see our mission extended to our neighbors in addressing their health needs through the Rural Parish Clinic.”

There are nine staff members directly involved in the establishment and operation of the clinic. The clinical coordinator is Annette Portell; Patrick Bira is the clinic administrator; Kathleen O’Neal, Terry Marxkors and Vicki Boehmer are nurses; Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, D.O.; Thomas Johans, M.D.; James Lord, M.D.; and Mary Hastings, M.D. are the doctors on staff.

There have been a number of donations and support that have made this clinic possible. From the actual vehicle being purchased, then set up for medical service, to medical supplies and software for operation, support has been received from several avenues. As this mission continues, support will continue to make it work.

The clinic can use support through prayer, volunteers and financial support. It takes all three to make this a success for the community.

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