Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic (FCC) officially registered as a 501(c)3 organization in July 2004. In May 2005, FCC opened its doors one day per week to provide free primary care for low-income, uninsured individuals ages 18+ in Fayette County, GA. In 2009, the clinic expanded services to meet the needs of the growing patient population. Services grew from primary care to include dental, vision, cardiology, podiatry, chiropractic, gynecology, physical therapy, mental health, and dermatology. By year-end 2012, the clinic had provided 12,411 visits. In the last three years, FCC has provided an additional 2500 - 3000 patient visits per year with an average of $2.5 million annually in medical services for our patients from a budget of under $400,000. Through its network of volunteer medical providers, for every $1 donated Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic, $5 of healthcare services are provided.
FCC is now open four days per week and every other Friday for dental. FCC sees patients that are lower-income and uninsured providing various free healthcare services from primary care to heart surgeries.
Currently, we have 850 patients that call Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic their medical home. Our new patient count continues to rise as many lower-income individuals that do not qualify for Medicaid simply cannot afford insurance. We have seen new patient counts continue to increase and our overall patient count was 110% of the prior year. The uninsured, working people with lower income are those who are in the gap of access to healthcare. Hard working people that we are helping are your neighbors: your grocery clerk, maintenance man, struggling small business person, restaurant server, etc. In Fayette County, there are nearly 2,500 people that are eligible for our service. We often have a 2-week waiting list. Unfortunately, uninsured and underserved individuals in our community delay medical care because they cannot afford to see a doctor. This lack of healthcare puts them at risk of a health crisis due to a lack of preventive care. For those who do manage an initial doctor visit with out of pocket money, many are unable to afford needed medications or follow-up visits to resolve their illness. By providing access to a free medical home and the care they need, we help reduce potential health crises for our patients now, and into the future. Many of our patients regain their health and can once again gain employment and insurance, but as life changes for them it changes for others, and a new patient enters our door.
Here is our purpose:
To provide a medical home to uninsured, lower-income people to:
1) avoid the potential of a health crisis for our most vulnerable population;
2) provide the needed care and medications that treat patients with chronic disease;
3) reduce the strain on our local hospital and healthcare providers of non-emergent emergency department visits;
4) provide a quality healthcare environment for uninsured patients where they are treated with compassion and respect;
5) contribute to an overall healthier community and better quality of life for all through healthcare, education, increased accessibility, and tracking of outcomes; and
6) provide a gateway to other community resources available to our most vulnerable population.
Fayette C.A.R.E. Clinic operates under the supervision of an experienced 12 member Board of Directors which provides the management and financial expertise required to run the clinic. Our Chairman of the Board is Dr. Gregory Alvarez from Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. All members are engaged in the clinic and have varying expertise and talents.
2019 Board of Directors
Dr. Greg Alvarez, Chairman of the Board
Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia
Daye Bexley - Vice Chair, Sanofi Genzyme
Dr. Bryan Woods, Digestive Healthcare of GA, PC
Mark Skibiel, Skibiel Law
Dr. Nimish Dhruva, Piedmont Heart Institute
Nathan Nipper, Piedmont Fayette Hospital
Mary Pecoraro - Secretary, Eaton
Ceclia Philips, Patient Representative
Geneva Weaver, Fayette News
Reginal Roby, Georgia Power
Alice Jones, Financial Management
Negelle Morris, Novonordisk
2019 Hypertension Program: Steps to C.A.R.E. Program results for 1st Quarter:
138/204 patients had increased their knowledge on hypertension
76 were participating and had received pedometers and in-home blood pressure cuffs.
46 gained controlled hypertension that were previously
Great things are happening with Steps to C.A.R.E. including steps taken to better health and a better lifestyle as patients get moving to a better quality of life.
$50,000.00 (approx. 13% of total budget) is needed from Individual, Church, and Business community support. We need continued support from Fayette County.