2016 Annual Report

February 2, 2017

In our 18 year history, Health Partners Free Clinic has never reported back-to-back annual outcome numbers that were virtually identical.  Well, not until this year that is.

In 2015, the Clinic experienced a 20% decline in the number of unique patients that we served, as the Affordable Care Act provided insurance to many individuals in our County.  However, what did increase during this same time was the number of new patients coming through our Clinic during this same time period, which actually accounted for 50% of our individuals.  This past year, was more of the exact same.  As compared to 2015 at 906 unique patients, the Clinic provided care to 911 unique patients and nearly half of these individuals were new to Health Partners.

Photo by Jim Witmer

Our patients continued to define a changing demographic for the Clinic.  Less devastatingly poor, and more lower middle class.  More patients with Medicaid who cannot find providers, and less completely uninsured.  Where we once only provided care for those “living under the bridge”, we are now serving the new entrepreneur just trying to survive the first 5 tumultuous years in business, or the middle-aged student going back to school in preparation for their second career.

What does all this mean?  Well, in our dynamic healthcare environment, anyone’s guess is as good as ours, but the simple conclusion that can be drawn here is that the small decrease in care we experienced in 2015 held steady in 2016.  If the Affordable Care Act is left entirely alone in Miami County, we would still see a need for at the least 2% of the population.

This next year the Clinic will focus on serving more of the uninsured or under-served residents of Miami County.  Health Partners continues to have a stable supply of resources, and 2017 will be about utilizing them well.  Though we do not know what this next year will bring, with the support of this community we stand ready to serve!

Here are some highlights from the past year:

  • 911 unduplicated patients served
  • 3,406 medical visits provided
  • 2,393 labs/diagnostics provided
  • 1,074 health insurance consults
  • 8,431 prescriptions dispensed at a value of nearly $1 million
  • $1.8 million provided in all medical services
  • A value of $5.55 in medical services provided for every $1 spent.

Of course none of this would have been possible without the support of our many local foundations, grantors, United Way partner agencies, and donors in the community like you!

Check out the HPFC 2016 Annual Report for further details of our performance in 2016, as well as a full list of all our donors from last year.