Six hundred eight five people came received services at CURE Network’s 5th clinic program. Over the course of the two-day clinic program on September 18-19, 2015, $450,000 of free care was provided. The clinic was made possible through the generous time donated by 500 volunteers and the donation of space by the Park District of LaGrange (PDLG).
Survey data from the clinic shows that patients were overwhelmingly satisfied with the services. Most patients heard about the clinic from a friend or family member. Two thirds were female and one-third were male.
All patients received nurse triage services, which include blood pressure screening, vital signs and a review of basic health information. Patients were offered dental services, vision services, and flu shots.
Vision services consisted of basic eye exams to check the overall health of the eyes and to see if prescription eyeglasses were needed. CURE Network worked with the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) to recruit over 50 ICO students to volunteer at the clinic. Advanced screening for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration was performed if necessary. Through partnerships with Premier Ophthalmic, Modern Optical, AiT Technologies, Somo Lenses, and Midwest Labs, 500 pair of eyeglasses were made.
CURE Network worked with America’s Dental Care Foundation to secure 45 dental chairs for the clinic. 396 patients received dental service. A triage dentist saw each dental patient and x-rays were taken if necessary. Then they received a hygiene, surgery or restorative care. In many cases, patients received both hygiene and another dental service.
Additionally, CURE Network secured 40 vouchers for vision exams and prescription eyeglasses through VSP. Vouchers were made available at the clinic for those patients who needed them and were unable to wait for exams on-site or for those who needed additional follow-up with the optometrist.
For the second year in a row, Walgreens offered their services to at the clinic and administered 216 flu shots. The flu shots were available to anyone who was age-eligible and wanted one.
Plans for 2016 are underway
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