St. Mary’s Health Clinics
Saint Mary’s Health Clinics (SMHC) provide free medical care, outreach and education to low-income, uninsured families and individuals who are not eligible for government programs. It was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, Saint Paul Province, upon the belief that healthcare is a basic human right. SMHC works with hundreds of compassionate, caring, and gifted volunteers. SMHC also conducts health promotion, health screening, health education, and outreach in collaboration with community organizations and advocates for healthcare as a basic human right while assisting low-income people to find affordable healthcare coverage.
From July 1st, 2015, through June 30, 2016, Saint Mary’s Health Clinic provided medical services Monday afternoon and all day on Wednesday at the Saint Matthew’s Parish Center. During this time period, there were 569 open clinic sessions. These clinic sessions were staffed by volunteer doctors, nurses, interpreters and individuals handling the patient registration process. Medical services were provided to 151 individuals, which resulted in 484 patient visits. Of those receiving medical services, 143 (94.7%) were Hispanic/ Chicano/Latino, 2 were Caucasian/White , 1 was African , 1 was African-American , 1 was Asian/Pacific Islander and for 3 their race was unknown. The largest age group served, 119 or 79%, were patients 23 to 54 years of age, followed by 17 patients in the 55 to 64 years old age group. There was 1 patient in the 6 to 9 years old age group. The vast majority of patients 92 or 61 %, were employed: 32 worked full-time, 52 worked part-time, and 8 were self-employed .