Leroy was referred by a hospital in Grand Rapids. Not only was he diabetic, he had suffered a pulmonary embolism and needed close follow-up after discharge, since he was going to be on blood thinners and other medications. Not only was he seen at Hope House, but our providers assumed the responsibility for monitoring his weekly labs. He subsequently developed other problems, but continued to be seen at Hope House until he was finally accepted for Medicaid. Our providers cared for him until he obtained a new provider, an additional six months.
Susan retired at age 64, prior to being eligible for Medicare and had no other insurance. She heard about Hope House from a friend, and came to the clinic with several issues—rashes, high blood pressure, a facial lesion. Hope House provided a safety net for her, obtaining needed lab and radiology services as well as a referral to dermatology. Through this process it was recognized that Susan had cancerous lesions in her lungs as well as colon abnormalities. She applied for her Medicare and since she was within 30 days of eligibility, she was able to continue with her treatment... View Article
““Why do you volunteer at Hope House Free Medical Clinic?” That’s a great question. I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of the great team of volunteers at Hope House since it formed in 2006. After spending hours providing medical care in your “day job” why would anyone want to do this on their time off? The answer is at the heart of why we work in health care.” –Dr. Wright
“Why do you volunteer at Hope House Free Medical Clinic?” That’s a great question. I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of the great team of volunteers at Hope House since it formed in 2006. After spending hours providing medical care in your “day job” why would anyone want to do this on their time off? The answer is at the heart of why we work in health care. People who look to Hope House for their health care needs have nowhere else to go and often have conditions which could result in serious harm or financial failure if... View Article
2020 has presented unique challenges for the Rowe Pharmacy Care Clinic, but we have not wavered from our mission and vision to take care of patients’ medication needs. During these times of shutdowns and closures, the Rowe Pharmacy Care Clinic has kept normal hours and continued to provide medications via mail and curbside pick-up. We utilize a Pharmacist-Refill Protocol where the pharmacists are able to prescribe up to a 30 day fill of a patient’s medication in order to assure that patients are not going without their medications. Immunizations and lab testing had to be halted for a few months,... View Article
The focus on Co-Vid 19 has hampered efforts to provide wellness screening for Hope House Patients. Recently, the recommended age for colon cancer screening was lowered to 45. Although the occurrence of colon cancer deaths has decreased in older adults, primarily due to screening/detection, it was recently announced that there has been an increase in detection in the younger screening population. Hope House is embarking upon a colon cancer detection/screening program aimed at patients aged 45-75, about 60% of our patients are in this age group. Patients will receive counseling and brochures recommending they take advantage of the opportunity for... View Article