PIQUA — A major fundraising event supporting Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy, has been set for May 4. The Seventh annual Healing Jar Gala dinner and art auction will be held at the Piqua Country Club. Funds raised from the event will provide continued support for the sole free clinic having served Miami County for 17 years.
Also, clinic leaders are again joining with the Piqua Arts Council with plans to expand the number of artistic pieces for the auction. Several local artists have agreed to donate items to the clinic for the event.
Health Partners Executive Director Justin Coby said the evening affair will provide a giving avenue for local leaders committed to giving back to their community. The gala’s planning committee continues to take a countywide approach to highlight the event and to inform the public of clinic services. The auction moves back to Piqua this year after being held in Troy last year. Alternate sites will be considered for future years.
Coby reported previous Healing Jar Galas have raised money to provide clinic projects and programming. Last year, a record-setting level of giving of more than $18,000 net in overall donations was raised, nearly tripling the amount raised in 2013. These funds helped provide medical care valued at more than $1.8 million for the uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami County in 2015.
Need for free clinics continue to rise
“Growth is something all too common at Health Partners, even as the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to unfold nationwide. We have not experienced a tremendous decrease in our client population over the past year. While the ACA has improved health care coverage for a number of people, we are finding there is still a need for our services and will be for some time to come,” said Coby.
In 2015, the clinic treated 906 unduplicated patients, which equated into 3,359 physician appointments. Coby also noted the clinic provided some 2,223 patient lab/diagnosis; and 8,654 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at more than $1 million. Overall, the clinic provided $4.32 in medical services for every $1 spent.
“Someone walks into our clinic nearly every day that doesn’t qualify for Medicaid, or is unable to pay their premiums to remain insured. These people need our help and that’s why we need this support,” Coby said.
Individual tickets are $80 each with a table of eight tickets being $550. For ticket information, contact the clinic at (937) 332-0894, Ext. 208, or by email at Justin@healthpartnersclinic.org.
The clinic website is www.healthpartnersclinic.org; and can be found on Facebook at www/facebook.com/healthpartnersfreeclinic.