Dear Friends of Battle Ground HealthCare,
Spring is a lovely time of year: the days are warm and sunny, birds are singing, trees and flowers are blooming. Spring is full of promise, hope, excitement, and new energy.
In 2016 we ended the year by providing a total of $105,000 worth of dental services (serving approximately 50 patients a month)!
Our newly added Rehabilitation Services which includes occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, medical massage, & chiropractic services is growing rapidly. We are averaging 40 visits a month over the various disciplines and we have a waiting list.
Our Chronic Pain Course is also experiencing growth. We have a waiting list of people who would like to get into the nine- week program. Our next class is starting April 25th. We are excited to see referrals coming in from Community Services NW, Molina HealthCare, Vancouver Clinic, individual, our ad in the Reflector, and other community partners. This course is making a difference in people’s lives!
Vision referrals are improving the quality of life of many of our patients who have not had the opportunity to ‘see clearly’ for years. Our community partners, Richardson Eye of Battle Ground and Watters Vision Care, Inc. have been partnering with us since November 2016 to bring much-needed vision exams and providing glasses and extended referrals if necessary to our patient’s comprehensive scope of care.
Our Medical clinics are growing as well. We are adding an additional monthly clinic so as to serve the increasing demand. We are delighted to be serving more families in the community since we have been blessed with some very talented bilingual volunteers.
Below is a story from Nancy and David who found the clinic and the benefit they have experienced through the integrated care and case management services:
Grasping a page from the Reflector in her hand, Nancy opens the door to the building and started down the hallway. Approaching the first person she saw she pointed to the article and said “Is this where I find this clinic? Can you help me?” Nancy and her friend David had been homeless and living in their car for two months after having moved here from another state. Their prescriptions were running out, their health deteriorating and they needed help to even cover basics like food. The article in the Reflector describing Battle Ground HealthCare and their new Rehabilitation Services program caught their attention and gave them a glimmer of hope. They were not disappointed. Nancy was able see a physician, physical therapist, chiropractor, join the chronic pain program, obtain glasses and get assistance with medications and obtaining health insurance benefits in Washington. David has been able to see the physician, physical therapist, obtain glasses, been referred for mental health assistance, join the chronic pain program and get assistance with medications. Both Nancy and David were also referred to the Adventist Community Services in the building to assist with food and clothing. David proudly came to the pain class a few weeks ago, with a wide smile stating “Look at these glasses. What nice frames. Now I can see.” Nancy was so grateful for the programs we were able to offer them, stating “Everyone has been so nice. This has really helped more than you can know.”
Spring brings smiles to our faces; it is a time of new awakenings, bright sunny days, a time of revitalization. Please help us to add a smile, the promise of hope, health and healing in the lives of those in our community who are uninsured, underinsured, or unable to afford their health care premiums and are at or below the 300 percent of federal poverty level. Your gift can be made by mailing your check to Battle Ground HealthCare, 11117 NE 189th St. Suite 216, Battle Ground, Washington 98604 or you may also go to our safe and easy online donation page to make your gift now. (www.battlegroundhealthcare.org)
It is through your donation and support that we are able to continue our program which costs $12,000 a month to operate and make a difference “one person at a time”. Thank you for helping us build a healthier community. May you be blessed this Spring season as you have been a blessing to so many!
Susan K. Neal, MAOM, BSN, RN