After 17 years of providing free health care services to more than 17,000 low-income and uninsured residents of Kalamazoo, the Free Clinic of Kalamazoo will be closing by November because its mission is complete.
The need for health care by low-income Kalamazoo residents is now being met in great part by Family Health Center, a local Community Health Center that provides quality, comprehensive health care regardless of insurance status, and charges fees based on patient income.
Thanks to federal funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Family Health Center has extended its hours, hired additional staff, and is in the process of renovating a new building to expand services. All of these improvements are increasing the Family Health Center’s capacity to provide care to more residents in need.
“The closing of the Free Clinic of Kalamazoo displays a national shift in health care delivery – a shift that we enthusiastically welcome as Health Care Reform evolves,” said Denise Crawford, President and CEO, Family Health Center.
“Additionally, the closing establishes a unique opportunity for the Family Health Center to collaborate with the Free Clinic and community at-large, to ensure that all individuals within our community continue to have access to affordable quality health care. We at the Family Health Center remain committed to the care and advocacy to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Kalamazoo County. We have been, and will continue to, work closely with the Free Clinic to ensure the smooth transition of these patients,” said Crawford.
Current patients of the Free Clinic will be directed to Family Health Center and other local health agencies.
For more information about Family Health Center, go to www.fhckzoo.com.