Clinic sets date for fundraiser

TROY – The committee for the Seventh annual Healing Jar Gala dinner and art auction to benefit the Health Partners Free Clinic has chosen May 4 for their event. The location will be the Piqua Country Club.

HPFC Executive Director Justin Coby said the committee continues to find various locations throughout Miami County to hold the yearly fundraiser as a way of educating residents of their facility.

Last year’s record-setting gala was held in Troy where nearly 100 charitable-minded people turned out resulting in $17,000 overall in net donations, nearly tripling the amount raised just two years ago, he said.

For the second year, clinic officials are joining with the Piqua Arts Council with plans to expand the number of art pieces for the auction. Several local artists donated items to the live and silent auctions last year.

Coby reported efforts are now underway to secure sponsors for the event or through multiple-ticket purchase plans. Funds raised from the event help offset operating costs of the clinic.

Since November 2013, the clinic hours have been expanded to continue meeting the patient need. A new patient-centered approach is “meeting the patient where they are at” in regards to monitored, more efficient, patient health care.

As a free service, Health Partners also provides a full time Marketplace Navigator to provide county residents help in obtaining affordable health coverage, Coby added.

“As a free clinic (Miami County’s lone free medical clinic for the past 17 years), we depend on this kind generosity to keep our doors open. The outpouring of love and support is a testament to the call from the community to continue on with our mission of providing quality healthcare to the uninsured and under-insured at no cost.”

Coby reported previous Healing Jar galas have raised money to provide clinic projects and programming. In 2014, auction contributions from local organizations totaled $13,000, which was a 116 percent increase over 2013. These funds helped provide medical care valued at $3 million for the uninsured and under insured residents of Miami County in 2014.

That year, the clinic treated 1,137 unduplicated patients, which equated into 4,263 medical visits. Coby also noted the clinic provided some 3,037 patient lab/diagnosis; and 13,730 clinic-dispensed free prescriptions valued at more than $2 million. Overall, the clinic provided $7.70 in medical services for every $1 spent in 2014.