Lake Norman & Mooresville

HealthReach clinic expands hours

Thanks to recent grants, HealthReach Community Clinic added Saturday hours beginning Aug. 2 and expanded its Tuesday hours effective Aug. 5.

Established in 2003, HealthReach is a free medical, dental and chiropractic clinic for low-income residents of Mount Mourne, Mooresville and Troutman who have no health insurance.

The clinic on East Statesville Avenue relies on grants and donations. For every dollar donated, the clinic generates $4.50 in health services, Executive Director Rory Crawford said.

A $40,000 grant from the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission is paying for a part-time Patient Assistance Program coordinator to help clients obtain their medications. The commission also donated software for the program.

A $47,300 grant from the N.C. Office of Rural Health and Community Care helps pay part of that salary, as well as for a part-time dental coordinator and part-time pharmacist, Crawford said. The Iredell County Community Foundation gave $8,000 to help set up a pharmacy at the clinic.

The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation granted $25,600, which enabled the clinic to add Saturday hours of 9 a.m.-noon and expand Tuesdays from the former 10 a.m.-4 p.m. to 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Both days are for patients with chronic diseases. The ongoing Thursday clinic is for people with any sickness.

The grants dovetail into one another, Crawford said. Without pharmacy services, the patients seen for chronic diseases wouldn't be able to get the drugs they need to treat their illnesses, making the clinic far less effective in helping its patients. The grants for the pharmacy helped ensure better service and complete treatment.

In 2007, the clinic had 2,536 medical/dental patient visits and dispensed 3,415 prescriptions, clinic records show.