HEALTHLINC EXPANDS SERVICE AT IU SOUTH BEND- Health Care Services Provided to Community

(SOUTH BEND) HealthLinc, in partnership with Indiana University South Bend, is now providing low-cost health care to community residents in one of the first collaborations of a public university and a Federally Qualified Health Center in the nation.

 

The expanded Health and Wellness Center is located in the renovated Vera Z. Dwyer Hall at 1960 Northside Boulevard on the IU South Bend campus. In addition to students, faculty and staff, community residents are now welcome to get primary health care from the facility.  Services include primary care, women’s health, behavioral health, immunizations and more.

 

“We are very excited about our continued partnership with IU South Bend,” said Beth Wrobel, Chief Executive Officer of HealthLinc. “Providing access to exceptional, high-quality health care is our primary mission.  Having this newly remodeled clinic at IU South Bend gives us the opportunity to expand our reach and provide much-needed services to the campus community and residents living in the area.”

 

“Not only does the partnership with HealthLinc help the health of the community, it provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities to IU South Bend students in Nursing, Radiography, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and other health professions,” said IU South Bend Interim Chancellor Jann Joseph.

 

Hours of operation for the Health and Wellness Center are 8 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment call (888) 580-1060. The clinic provides care for people with public, private or no health insurance.

 

In addition to the health care services offered in Vera Z. Dwyer Hall, HealthLinc also provides dental services through the Roger S. Pecina Dental Education Clinic in the Education and Arts Building on the IU South Bend campus. Please call (888)580-1060 for an appointment at the dental clinic.

 

 For more information about HealthLinc South Bend, please contact jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org

HealthLinc Michigan City Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Valparaiso, Indiana. – February 8 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of HealthLinc Michigan City located at 710 Franklin Street. The clinic was developed at the request of The Franciscan Alliance, St Anthony Michigan City. The grant for the clinic, received in August of 2007, was part of President Bush’s initiative to have a community health center in the 200 poorest counties in the Nation. In addition to serving the medical, dental and behavioral health needs of the area, the clinic started a revitalization of downtown Michigan City, which is still happening today.

 

Last year, the clinic saw 6,638 patients and has had 27,252 visits since opening in 2008. Since that first day, the clinic has seen 24,053 patients and over 250,000 medical, dental and behavioral health visits.

 

“It has been a privilege to be a part of the Michigan City community for the past 10 years,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO. “We are honored that so many have decided to make HealthLinc their medical home, and we look forward to serving the community for many years to come.”

 

HealthLinc, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), has seven locations stretching from East Chicago to South Bend, Indiana with Cororate Headquarters located in Valparaiso, Indiana. HealthLinc has provided quality health care to communities across Northern Indiana for twenty-one years.

 

For more information about HealthLinc Michigan City, please contact jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org

 

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HealthLinc provides office space for Our Greater Good

Our Greater Good Moves to New Office Space

 

(Valparaiso, IN January 23, 2018) Garner Tullis, Executive Director of Our Greater Good announced today that their organization has moved to new office space in the HealthLinc Corporate offices located at 2401 Valley Drive in Valparaiso.

 

“As a relatively new non-profit, Our Greater Good has been blessed with many opportunities to serve the families of Porter County, but with those opportunities came the reality that we needed help from a larger, more established non-profit,” Tullis said. “We asked several non-profits in the area and Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc, was most generous in her offer to not only house OGG but was also excited regarding the possibilities of collaborating to better serve their target demographic,” Tullis continued.

 

Our Greater Good is currently involved in seven initiatives focused on strengthening families and ensuring that every child in Porter County receives the skills they need to reach their full potential and live a fulfilling adult life. In order to achieve this mission, OGG is currently offering the following initiatives:

  • Parenting the Love & Logic Way
  • Around the Table Parenting Course
  • 9 Essential Skills of a Love & Logic Classroom
  • Lunch Buddies
  • Early Childhood Development Guide
  • Reading Buddies
  • Ready. Set. Kindergarten.

 

For more information about Our Greater Good, their Parenting Courses and how you can get involved, go to www.ourgreatergood.com.

HEALTHLINC REACHES THE TARGET:  BP GOLD ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   November 20, 2017

  

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc reached the Target BP: Gold achievement level as determined by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA).  The Gold achievement level was awarded for HealthLinc’s exceptional blood pressure control rate of >70% throughout the patient population. The AHA and AMA partnered to launch Target: BP in 2015 to improve blood pressure control and build a healthier nation by reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control.

 

HealthLinc is committed to continued quality improvement,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO.  “This recognition affirms that we are on “target” to reaching our quality goals.”

 

The control rate was achieved by breaking down the 3 recognized barriers to success as outlined by the American Heart Association that may contribute to uncontrolled blood pressure including systems, provider, and patient factors.

 

“As a part of our on-going quality control program, we were able focus on patients who were uncontrolled at the time of the visit,” said Dr. Ruth Stevens, HealthLinc Chief Quality Officer.  “We received medication management assistance from our clinical pharmacists and used behavioral health counselors to assist patients in addressing self-management goals, as they relate to blood pressure control and life-style changes.”

 

As a result of this accomplishment, HealthLinc will receive an announcement in trade publications and acknowledgement in an AMA Journal; premier recognition on the Target: BP website; along with a Gold listing on a Target: BP recognition display at conferences across the United States, including AHA and/or AMA meetings.

 

For more information about HealthLinc and Target:  BP, contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

 

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HEALTHLINC APPOINTS NEW CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   November 9, 2017

 

Valparaiso, IN –  HealthLinc announces the appointment of Dr. Carl Toren as Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Toren will be responsible for guiding the medical direction of HealthLinc and its providers.  Since April 2016, he has been the site medical director at the East Chicago HealthLinc office, and for the past two months, has been serving as interim Chief Medical Officer.

 

Dr. Toren has an A.B. from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, and a M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School of Public Health in Chicago, Illinois.  He completed his Pediatric Residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, and has extensive experience helping the underserved in the Chicagoland area.

 

He is also the Medical Director for Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center, Medical Consultant to the City of Chicago’s Head Start Program, and served for over 3 years as a medical missionary in a rural hospital in western Ethiopia that he has continued to visit on a regular basis for the past 30 years.   In addition to his responsibilities as Chief Medical Officer, he will also remain as site director for the East Chicago HealthLinc office.

 

“After an extensive, nation-wide search it was Dr. Toren who stood out as the most qualified candidate,” states Beth Wrobel, Chief Executive Officer.  “He has been an asset in East Chicago, bringing a wealth of experience to the patients and community.  We are thrilled that he has agreed to serve as Chief Medical Officer for HealthLinc.”

 

For more information about HealthLinc contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org

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HealthLinc, Inc. (www.healthlincchc.org) is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, South Bend, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.

 

HEALTHLINC PREPARES FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT

Valparaiso, IN –  HealthLinc clinics throughout Northwest Indiana will participate in the health insurance marketplace Open Enrollment period beginning November 1 through December 15, 2017.    Each clinic will have health insurance Navigators on hand to assist individuals looking for information on their health insurance options and in getting signed up.  Even those currently covered are welcome to stop by and have their insurance coverage reviewed.

 

The following is information for each clinic:

 

Every Tuesday & Wednesday,
9am-4pm
HealthLinc East Chicago
1313 W. Chicago Avenue, East Chicago, IN

 

Every Tuesday & Wednesday,
9am-4pm
HealthLinc Michigan City
710 Franklin St., Suite 200, Michigan City, IN

 

Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday,
10am-5pm
HealthLinc Mishawaka
420 W 4th St, Mishawaka, IN
Every Monday & Thursday,
9am-5pm
HealthLinc Valparaiso
1001 N Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN

 

Appointments are suggested.  Call 1-888-580-1060 X 4405 or email navigator@healthlincchc.org to schedule an appointment.  Bilingual Assistance is available at each site.  For more information about the health insurance marketplace open enrollment period, contact Lauren Lamb at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2294, or llamb@healthlincchc.org.

 

HEALTHLINC AND INDIANA LEGAL SERVICES LAUNCH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP FOR NORTHWEST INDIANA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 18, 2017

 

HEALTHLINC AND INDIANA LEGAL SERVICES LAUNCH FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND MEDICAL-LEGAL PARTNERSHIP FOR NORTHWEST INDIANA

 

(Valparaiso, Indiana):  Indiana Legal Services and HealthLinc have recently partnered to provide no-cost, civil legal aid to HealthLinc patients who are in need of legal services for issues related to their health. This medical-legal partnership, funded by grants from the Indiana Bar Foundation and Legacy Foundation, is the first of its kind in northern Indiana.

 

“Community health centers are a vital way for our attorneys to connect with eligible clients in communities across our state,” said Jon Laramore, Executive Director of Indiana Legal Services.  “We are excited to partner with HealthLinc to connect those who typically can’t afford an attorney with the resources to address legal needs that also impact their health.”

 

Indiana Legal Services will provide training to HealthLinc staff in all seven clinics on how to identify needs that qualify for civil legal aid. As a part of the program, qualifying patients also will receive annual screenings for potential health-harming circumstances that may reveal the need for civil legal services.

 

Patients meeting the criteria will work with attorney Emma Douglas to get their issue resolved at no cost. Qualifying legal issues could include insurance and benefits claims, substandard housing, and criminal record expungement.

 

“The medical-legal partnership, a relatively new healthcare service, has proven to have a major impact on the health of patients throughout the nation,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc Chief Executive Officer.  “Many health-harming factors have their roots in legal problems and create barriers to our patient’s ability to live healthy, productive lives.  We look forward to our providers “prescribing” a visit to our own site legal services.”

 

Indiana Legal Services already has existing partnerships with several health care providers including Eskenazi Health, Indiana University Health, and Community Health Network. Its partnership with Eskenazi’s Midtown Community Mental Health Clinic was named one of 2015’s outstanding medical-legal partnerships by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

 

Read how Eskenazi Health’s North Arlington clinic connected “Joyce” to free legal aid from Indiana Legal Services through its medical-legal partnership.

 

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About Indiana Legal Services

With eight regional offices, Indiana Legal Services is the state’s largest poverty law firm serving low-income and senior clients in all 92 Hoosier counties. The not-for-profit firm provides free representations on civil legal matters focusing on basic needs like habitable housing, debt collection, quality health care, tax assistance, income security, and protection from domestic abuse, among others. ILS was established in 1966 and resolves more than 10,000 cases per year.

 

About HealthLinc, Inc.

HealthLinc, Inc. (www.healthlincchc.org) is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, South Bend, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.

HEALTHLINC RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PATIENT CARE IN HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 21, 2017

 

HEALTHLINC RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PATIENT CARE IN HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc has received The Guideline Advantage™ Hypertension Control and Diabetes Management Achievement Award for attaining specific quality improvement metrics supported by American Heart Association Hypertension Guidelines and American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.

The Guideline Advantage is a quality improvement program in collaboration with American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association that helps outpatient healthcare organizations provide the most up-to-date, research-based care related to prevention and early detection of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The program promotes the use of evidence-based metrics and quality improvement strategies to help organization improve care and provide patients every advantage for a healthy life.

HealthLinc earned the award by meeting or exceeding specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of patients at a nationally recognized level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications, and risk-reduction therapies as appropriate.

“HealthLinc is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our community, and implementing The Guideline Advantage program helped us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting these internationally-respected guidelines,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO.

“We are pleased to recognize HealthLinc for their commitment to improving patient care,” said James R. Langabeer II, MBA, PHD, EMT, national Chairman of The Guideline Advantage Steering Committee and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Informatics at    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “Preventive health screenings and chronic condition management have a major impact in the health of our communities across the United States. Programs like The Guideline Advantage, which helps providers stay up to date with the latest guidelines and apply them to their patient populations, are critical in our world of fast-paced innovations in technology and patient care.”

 

For more information about HealthLinc, contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

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HealthLinc Receives Health Care Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2017

 

HEALTHLINC RECEIVES HEALTH CARE GRANTS

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc has been awarded the Health Center Quality Improvement FY 2017 Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funds are given when quality measures are met and used by health centers to continue improving the effectiveness and quality of health care provided to their communities.

“Americans deserve a health care system that’s affordable, accessible, of the highest quality, with ample choices, driven by world-leading innovations and responsive to the needs of the individual patient,” said Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Tom Price, in a release from Tuesday, August 15. “Supporting health centers across the country helps to achieve that mission.”

 

HealthLinc received grants in four categories including EHR Reporter’s for $10,500, Clinical Quality Improvers for $22,013, Health Center Quality Leaders for $33,563, and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for $55,000 for a total of $121,076.

 

“We continue to see greater need for the services provided by community health centers, and we want to be able to meet those needs,” states Beth Wrobel, HealthLinc CEO. “These grant awards are very important for our ability to continue to provide and expand quality health care to our patients.”

 

New data from Human Resource Service Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that in 2016, 26 million people, or 1 in 12 U.S. residents, relied on a HRSA-funded health center for their primary health care.

 

For more information about HealthLinc and the Health Center Quality Improvement Grant, contact April Currier at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2798 or acurrier@healthlincchc.org

 

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HealthLinc Achieves Highest Level Awarded to Patient-Centered Medical Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2017


HEALTHLINC ACHIEVES HIGHEST LEVEL AWARDED TO PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOME

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc has been recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for five of their community health centers. To reach PCMH Level 3 status, each site had to meet an extensive set of standards as outlined by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Each of the sites renewed under the current 2014 guidelines.

 

Patient-Centered Medical Homes provide comprehensive and coordinated care that includes allowing patients to have a voice when decisions are being made about their health care and treatment.

 

The HealthLinc sites in East Chicago, Mishawaka, Michigan City, and Porter Starke will be eligible for renewal in 2020, and the Valparaiso site will be eligible for renewal in 2019. The new 2017 guidelines include additional standards in the areas of oral health, dental care, and an increased emphasis on whole patient care, social determinants of health, mental health and quality.

 

“We have consistently achieved Level 3 status since starting this project in 2012, which is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our staff to make sure that our patients are at the center of everything we do,” states Beth Wrobel, Chief Executive Officer. “Our patients know they will be respected, treated fairly, and given equal access to care, regardless of their source of payment.”

 

For more information about the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCHM) status level, contact Jodie Wexelberg at (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.