Health Linc Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Event for New Telehealth Program

Health Linc Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Event for New Telehealth Program

Valparaiso, Indiana. – HealthLinc celebrates its newest site addition – the “Healthy Vikes” telehealth clinic on Wednesday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School located at 1600 Roosevelt Road, Valparaiso, Indiana.

The school-based telemedicine program is a partnership between HealthLinc, Valparaiso Community Schools, and MHS and focuses on keeping children healthier and reducing the number of absences due to illness.

Available to all Valparaiso Community School students and staff, the Healthy Vikes Clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. when school is in session.

 

It allows children to be seen by a healthcare provider before work or school and without needing an appointment.  Registration and a parental consent form must be signed before services can be provided.

“We are proud to bring telehealth to Valparaiso Community Schools,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc. “The advantages of getting an early diagnosis and immediate health care services can reduce classroom absences, which has been proven to positively impact learning.”

The services available through the “Healthy Vikes” clinic include, diagnoses and treatment for acute illness (strep throat, ear infections, rash, flu, and minor injuries), limited laboratory testing, and behavioral health services and referrals.

Using the Telemed ED, a clinical telemedicine system, a medical provider located at the HeathLinc clinic in Valparaiso and an on-site medical assistant employed by HealthLinc, students can be given a diagnosis, medicines prescribed (no medicines will be on-site at the school), and follow up visits scheduled, if needed. Parents can join the visit via phone conference, if desired.  In addition, a written summary of the visit is given to the student to take home.

“We are so excited to partner with HealthLinc to bring our community and our staff this convenient and efficient health care service,” states Julie Lauck Associate Superintendent of Valparaiso Community Schools.  “One of the best aspects of living and working in Valparaiso is the partnerships that are formed between the schools and our local businesses.  We are honored to open the Healthy Vikes Clinic with our HealthLinc partner.”

“Our involvement with the telehealth clinic ties into the goals for our Adopt-a-School program, allowing MHS to collaborate with schools on initiatives and programs focused on overall health literacy and awareness,” said MHS President and CEO Kevin O’Toole. “This clinic will help improve access to care issues for Valparaiso students and help combat chronic absenteeism. Healthier kids make better students.”
Services will be billed through the student’s health insurance.  If the student does not have insurance, services will be provided on a sliding-fee scale that is based on the household income.  If the student is uninsured, HealthLinc can assist with trying to secure insurance through the marketplace or HIP 2.0.

For more information about the “Healthy Vikes” Clinic, please contact jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org

NEW MYHEALTHLINC PATIENT PORTAL

A new way to communicate with your HealthLinc Team is now available! The new MyHealthLinc Patient Portal will allow you to:

  • Ask your healthcare provider questions
  • Receive important health information
  • Get a copy of your medical records
  • Request an appointment
  • See your statement AND pay your bill

 

Watch for your email invitation and then register to use the new and improved patient portal. To view just how easy the new portal is to use, look at the video link below:

 

http://www.healthlincchc.org/patient-portal

LOW AND NO-COST FLU SHOTS FOR HEALTHLINC PATIENTS AVAILABLE NOW

LOW AND NO-COST FLU SHOTS FOR HEALTHLINC PATIENTS AVAILABLE NOW

 

Valparaiso, IN – HealthLinc clinics throughout Northwest Indiana are offering no- and low-cost flu shots to their patients throughout flu season. Flu shots will be available at no cost to any HealthLinc patient who has a check-up, well visit, or other appointment already scheduled.

 

For those HealthLinc patients that do not have another appointment already scheduled, the cost for a flu shot is $15. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

HealthLinc has clinics located throughout Northwest Indiana including East Chicago, Valparaiso, Knox, Michigan City, South Bend (IUSB Campus), and Mishawaka.

 

“We know that influenza activity increases in October, and we like to make sure the community is aware that we have flu shots available,” states HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel. “Each of our clinics is stocked with flu vaccines, and we are offering them at no-cost to our patients that may already be coming in for another appointment including vision and dental appointments.”

 

Flu vaccinations can prevent flu illnesses and flu-related hospitalizations. The CDC recommends an annual flu shot for everyone six months or older.  It takes two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.

 

For more information about the flu shot program, contact Jodie Wexelberg (888) 580-1060 ext. 2627 or jwexelberg@healthlincchc.org.

 

HEALTHLINC CEO FEATURED IN NATIONAL MAGAZINE

HealthLinc CEO, Beth Wrobel is featured in the January/February issue of HCI Healthcare Informatics, a digital and print subscription magazine that highlights important technological trends in the healthcare industry.

 

Wrobel was interviewed by HCI Informatics Managing Editor, Rajiv Leventhal at the HIMSS16 Conference in Las Vegas last month. “It was a great opportunity for me to highlight the progress HealthLinc has made in utilizing technology to enhance our services while staying true to our patient-centered values,” said Wrobel.

 

HealthLinc was a pioneer in the use of IT in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), being one of the first to use electronic health records (EHRs) and Practice Analytics to understand what the data was revealing. In 2015, HealthLinc engaged Forward Health Group, a valued based population health manager to put patient data at the fingertips of the providers; allowing for deep analysis of the information and a more comprehensive approach to patient services.

 

“I’m a data driven person,” continued Wrobel, “Having easy access to such a wealth of information has helped to shape the direction and grow the programs we offer at our seven locations and on our mobile unit.”

 

HealthLinc continues to be at the forefront of the health/tech synergy with its newest endeavor, telehealth. The infrastructure is in place at each of the HealthLinc sites to begin allowing for telehealth consults. Telehealth is a way of using IT to increase contact between the patient and the medical system to improve the health care experience. HealthLinc is currently running a pilot program in behavioral health using the telehealth system. Wrobel has been instrumental in getting the Indiana Legislature to change the rules as to the use of telehealth in the delivery of healthcare services.

 

To read the entire HCI Healthcare Informatics article: http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/article/federally-qualified-health-center-ceo-we-are-way-healthcare-will-be-delivered-future.

HealthLinc launches Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program

HealthLinc is pleased to announce its Family Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program.   The residency is a 12-month program providing intensive training to both the clinical complexity of family practice in the safety net setting, and training to a high performance, PCMH model for primary care.

 

The program is specifically intended for family nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers as PCPs in the challenging setting of community health centers and other safety net settings.

 

The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics and didactic sessions.  Two residency slots are available for the program that runs Sept. 1, 2016 – August 31, 2017.  The application deadline is April 30, 2016.

 

Click here to learn more About the NP Residency Program and How to Apply.

HEALTHLINC TAKES THE 80% BY 2018 PLEDGE

HealthLinc joins forces with over 500 Local and National Organizations to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screenings Rates across the Country.

 

“80% by 2018” is a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.


Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented.  
Colorectal cancer screening has been proven to save lives.


HealthLinc announced that it has made the pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC).


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or more information or to make an appointment for screening, call 1-888-580-1060.

HealthLinc Holding Open Office Hours for the Affordable Care Act

Open Enrollment started on November 1st and will end January 31, 2016!
Stop by HealthLinc for assistance with enrolling for health insurance in the marketplace. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the Affordable Care Act. Our navigators will have open office hours at the scheduled times and locations below.

 

Individuals and families interested in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace should bring the following documentation:

 

• Social Security Numbers or document numbers for legal immigrants.

• Employer, tax and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage, i.e. pay stubs, W-2 forms.

• Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household (if applicable).


Mishawaka

 

Mondays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (EST)

Mishawaka HealthLinc, 420 West 4th Street

 
 

Michigan City

 

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Michigan City HealthLinc, 710 Franklin Street

 
 

East Chicago

 

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

East Chicago HealthLinc, 1313 West Chicago Avenue

 
 

Valparaiso

 

Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Valparaiso HealthLinc, 1001 North Sturdy Road

 
 

Knox

 

By appointment!

Knox HealthLinc, 104 East Culver Road, Suite 106

 
 

(Appointments also taken at other times throughout the week, please call to schedule an appointment.)
For more information, contact HealthLinc at 1-888-580-1060 or contact an enrollment specialist at navigator@healthlincchc.org.

Hard Work, Service Inspire Hall of Fame Inductees

MERRILLVILLE | People ask Centier Bank Chief Executive Officer Michael Schrage if he’s really, truly serious about his bank’s well-known “not for sale” pledge.

 

“Come on,” they say, “what if someone offered you a billion dollars? You mean to tell me you wouldn’t sell it?”

 

“That’s what I mean to tell you,” Schrage said before a packed ballroom at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville on Tuesday. “I have 750 associates. They are family. You can’t put a price with family.”

 

Schrage and the four other inductees in the Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame were quick to credit others – especially family and colleagues – for their success. The class of 2015 was comprised of Schrage, Schepel Buick-GMC Inc. president and owner Richard Schepel, HealthLinc CEO Beth Wrobel, Berlin Metals CEO Roy Berlin, and retired Tonn and Blank Construction Vice President of Operations Joe Coar, who won the Partners in Progress award.

 

The Times established the Hall of Fame in 2008 to recognize those who have left an indelible mark on Northwest Indiana’s business community. Inductees include such luminaries as the late developer Don Powers, billionaire hotel and billboard magnate Dean White and Peoples Bank Chief Executive Officer David Bochnowski.

 

This year’s ceremony was sponsored by NIPSCO, Franciscan Alliance, ArcelorMittal, Peoples Bank, and Horseshoe Casino.

 

Schrage credited employees and others with helping him through valleys in his life, such as when he suffered chronic fatigue syndrome. And he credited employees and others with helping him exceed his ambition of making Centier Lake County’s largest bank. Today, it has 53 locations across Northern Indiana and is the largest privately held bank in the state.

 

“We are the future of community banks: a private, independently owned bank with a focus on the communities we serve,” he said. “We’re not bossed around by New York stock analysts. If our quarterly earnings are down a few cents, we can still have a great party to celebrate our 120th anniversary.”

 

Wrobel, the founder and CEO of HealthLinc, with facilities in East Chicago, Valparaiso and Michigan City, thanked her family for all its support. Her late parents always pushed her to succeed.

 

“I am so blessed to have some of the HealthLinc board and my coworkers here today,” she said. “You make my job easy and make me look good every day. This award is shared with all of you today.”

 

Coar, who’s still a consultant with Tonn and Blank Construction, said his wife Betty stood behind him in every effort. He said building deep relationships with business associates over the years greatly helped him take the company to the next level. A strong work ethic also didn’t hurt.

 

“I’m a true workaholic,” he said. “I believe you earn what you want to get out of a life.”

 

Schepel built up the largest Buick dealership in Northwest Indiana and all of Chicagoland by sticking to the simple philosophy of treating others how he would want to be treated, said Bert Wories, chief financial officer of Schepel Auto Group. He also worked hard.

 

“You don’t build a successful business on a 40-hour work week,” Wories said. “It involves much sacrifice of self and family.”

 

Berlin has worked hard to build the reputation of family-owned Berlin Metals, which his father Melvin established in 1967 and which American Metal Market named the best service center in the country last year.

 

“He’s always tried to be fair to employees, business partners and associates,” Vice President of Finance Bill McDunn said. “He said to us back at Berlin Metals that this is really an award for the company.”

 

From the Northwest Indiana Times. Written by Joseph S. Pete.

HealthLinc is Nominated for Best in the Region 2015!

We are excited to announce that HealthLinc has been nominated for “The Times – Best of the Region 2015” in Healthcare for: Best Dentist, Best Pediatric Care, Best Vision Care, and Best Women’s Health! Please help us spread the word that we are the best in reaching patients-in-need in Northern Indiana by following these voting steps!

 

Please note before you begin, especially if you have never voted for the “Best of the Region” before:

 

• This contest asks people to vote for their favorite businesses in different areas: Beauty and Wellness, Education and Instruction, Entertainment, Food and Dining, Healthcare, Living, Services, and Shopping. Once you choose an area (in our case, Healthcare, then there are specific categories (Best Cardiology Care, for example, is the first category in Healthcare).
Official Rules: Votes are limited to one vote per award category per user (but each different email counts as a different user, so if you have access to more than one email, please vote more than once).

 

1. Click here.

2. Click Register/Logon in upper right of page.

3. A small window appears at top of screen asking for your email address. Click “Continue.”

4. Complete a registration by filling in requested information. Then click “REGISTER.”

5. Message appears at top of screen indicating an email was sent to the email address you submitted. Check your email. (If you don’t receive an email message in a minute or two, click “Click here to send it again.” If you still don’t receive one, click on Ballot to return to the main screen and repeat the register process.)

6. Click on link in email to finish registration process. When complete, a pop-up message appears at top of screen saying “Your account has been confirmed.” Close that small window.

7. The contest screen appears again. In left column, click on Healthcare to get to the healthcare categories.

8. Scroll down the page (past the red buttons under Best Cardiology Care) until you see one of our categories (Best Dentist, Best Pediatric Care, Best Vision Care, and Best Women’s Health); click on one of those category.

9. A series of red VOTE buttons will appear. Scroll down to HealthLinc (listed in alpha order) and click on the VOTE button. It will say “Saving.” The button will turn green and say “Voted!”

10. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for all our categories.

11. Return to top right of page and click “Logout”.

 

Congratulate yourself for supporting an organization committed to providing quality healthcare to everyone!

 

We encourage you to vote with as many different email addresses as you may have! In addition, please forward this to all of your friends and family and post on your social media pages!

 

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about HealthLinc!

 
 

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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, 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 CEO Beth Wrobel Awarded the Crystal Globe Award

Valparaiso, IN – Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc, has been recognized by the Asian American Medical Association with their Crystal Globe Award for her outstanding contributions to the community and beyond.

 

The annual award is given to an individual that is unwavering in their commitment and dedication to improving the quality of life for the people of Northwest Indiana and throughout the United States. Wrobel was given the award at the Asian American Medical Association’s 38th Annual Gala on Saturday, November 15, 2014. “It is an honor to be recognized by such a well-regarded association. I feel very blessed to receive an award for doing something that I simply feel very passionate about,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc. Wrobel’s award was recognized by the United States House of Representatives and introduced by Congressman Pete Visclosky into the Congressional Record.

 

Beth Wrobel has been the chief executive officer of HealthLinc, Inc. since 2002 and has advanced the organization from a free medical clinic serving only adults to a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides medical services through all life cycles, from prenatal to seniors, in 6 locations across Northern Indiana. Wrobel has received numerous awards for her leadership and tireless commitment to championing many causes, including quality healthcare, throughout Northwest Indiana.

 

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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, 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.