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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011
Contact: Daphne Yarbrough-Jones
Public Relations Manager
Telephone: (910) 755-1755
FAX: (910) 754-5499
E-mail: dyarbrough@atmc.coop

Healthcare Beyond the Basics

Supply, NC – Nancy McDowell, a Certified Medical Assistant from Shallotte Point, had worked in the medical industry for over 30 years when she retired. She worked for hospitals, physicians' offices and even a health department before she decided to take a break and relax. That break didn't last long after an article she read about a local free clinic lead her to a new chapter in her life.

Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic needed volunteers to assist in providing basic healthcare services to local folks who couldn't afford them. Nancy made a phone call, and found a new way to satisfy her desire to help others. She is now part of a family of healthcare providers who volunteer to help local residents take charge of their health. Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic opened in December 2001, and with the help of volunteers and in-kind and financial support, the clinic is now seeing around 15 patients per month. The clinic is housed in a section of Supply Baptist Church which the church provides for free. Through partnerships with local pharmacies and pharmacy programs, free and reduced-cost prescriptions and supplies are made available to the patients. And with financial support from area businesses and community supporters, the clinic is able to provide screenings that go beyond basic healthcare services for the working poor and uninsured patients of Brunswick County.

Grants through ATMC's Community Connections Grant Program have enabled the clinic to cover the costs associated with diagnostic testing, labs, x-rays, medications, consultations and other services. The program, called Beyond Basics, has made a significant difference for these patients. For example, when labs are sent to the local health department, the clinic uses donated funds to pay the difference when there is a charge for the services. And the numbers are growing. With each new bi-monthly clinic, at least half of those seeking services are new patients.

Zia Hashemi, M.D., serves as the clinic's medical director and is on-site as often as possible. With the help of another area physician, a handful of nurses and community volunteers, he oversees cases that address a myriad of chronic medical issues, including hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorder and asthma/upper respiratory problems. Wayne, a patient from Longwood, commented, "The staff here have made a big difference for me. I have problems with high blood pressure, and Dr. Hashemi has been fantastic in helping me get my weight and blood pressure down. Dr. Hashemi and the staff here really make me feel important and I am so thankful that they are here for people like me who need these services."

Dr. Hashemi added, "We are blessed with the space the church provides and blessed to have no overhead. We are so thankful that the church, like ATMC, gives us financial support and it makes all of this possible. We also get assistance from Dosher Hospital and other local churches. Volunteers Bonnie Clemminger and Annette Laska were able to secure $35,000 in medications from drug companies and it helps tremendously, but we still need more. With the increase we are seeing in the need for these services, we really need more doctors, Physician Assistants (PAs), nurses and grant writers. This would enable us to grow and keep up with the increasing demand for services."

The clinic is open the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00-4:00 PM and the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-8:00 PM. Uninsured residents ages 18-65 are welcome to use the clinic's services. Since there is no financial screening process, admission to the clinic is made available on an honor system. Dr. Hashemi said that for every one dollar given to the clinic, seven dollars' worth of services is provided. To make a donation or provide assistance to the Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic, call 755-7522.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2011
Contact: Daphne Yarbrough-Jones
Public Relations Manager
Telephone: (910) 755-1755
FAX: (910) 754-5499
E-mail: dyarbrough@atmc.coop

Healthcare Beyond the Basics

Supply, NC – Nancy McDowell, a Certified Medical Assistant from Shallotte Point, had worked in the medical industry for over 30 years when she retired. She worked for hospitals, physicians' offices and even a health department before she decided to take a break and relax. That break didn't last long after an article she read about a local free clinic lead her to a new chapter in her life.

Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic needed volunteers to assist in providing basic healthcare services to local folks who couldn't afford them. Nancy made a phone call, and found a new way to satisfy her desire to help others. She is now part of a family of healthcare providers who volunteer to help local residents take charge of their health. Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic opened in December 2001, and with the help of volunteers and in-kind and financial support, the clinic is now seeing around 15 patients per month. The clinic is housed in a section of Supply Baptist Church which the church provides for free. Through partnerships with local pharmacies and pharmacy programs, free and reduced-cost prescriptions and supplies are made available to the patients. And with financial support from area businesses and community supporters, the clinic is able to provide screenings that go beyond basic healthcare services for the working poor and uninsured patients of Brunswick County.

Grants through ATMC's Community Connections Grant Program have enabled the clinic to cover the costs associated with diagnostic testing, labs, x-rays, medications, consultations and other services. The program, called Beyond Basics, has made a significant difference for these patients. For example, when labs are sent to the local health department, the clinic uses donated funds to pay the difference when there is a charge for the services. And the numbers are growing. With each new bi-monthly clinic, at least half of those seeking services are new patients.

Zia Hashemi, M.D., serves as the clinic's medical director and is on-site as often as possible. With the help of another area physician, a handful of nurses and community volunteers, he oversees cases that address a myriad of chronic medical issues, including hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorder and asthma/upper respiratory problems. Wayne, a patient from Longwood, commented, "The staff here have made a big difference for me. I have problems with high blood pressure, and Dr. Hashemi has been fantastic in helping me get my weight and blood pressure down. Dr. Hashemi and the staff here really make me feel important and I am so thankful that they are here for people like me who need these services."

Dr. Hashemi added, "We are blessed with the space the church provides and blessed to have no overhead. We are so thankful that the church, like ATMC, gives us financial support and it makes all of this possible. We also get assistance from Dosher Hospital and other local churches. Volunteers Bonnie Clemminger and Annette Laska were able to secure $35,000 in medications from drug companies and it helps tremendously, but we still need more. With the increase we are seeing in the need for these services, we really need more doctors, Physician Assistants (PAs), nurses and grant writers. This would enable us to grow and keep up with the increasing demand for services."

The clinic is open the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00-4:00 PM and the third Tuesday of each month from 5:00-8:00 PM. Uninsured residents ages 18-65 are welcome to use the clinic's services. Since there is no financial screening process, admission to the clinic is made available on an honor system. Dr. Hashemi said that for every one dollar given to the clinic, seven dollars' worth of services is provided. To make a donation or provide assistance to the Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic, call 755-7522.