With hard work, dedication, and community support, Mary Stone’s vision of providing the uninsured/underinsured (high deductibles/high co-pays) top notch medical treatment for free has become a reality. Open Arms Health Clinic, located in the Bellbrook Medical Building at 4403 St. Rt. 725, Suite E, Bellbrook, and is set to start treating patients on January 7, 2014.
Mary Stone is the perish nurse at the Bellbrook United Methodist Church and a retired nurse of the State of Ohio. “I started thinking that we needed to start helping people outside the walls of the church. We need to be taking care of our neighbors and what could I do,” said Stone. “Then after a lot of prayers, it came to me. I needed to start a free medical clinic.”
Due to business closures, downsizing and hundreds of lay-offs the area has experienced throughout these hard trying times, once financially secure families have found themselves in a situation where they have lost their health insurance, home and the security they once had. It’s a horrible feeling to have to be in a position where one has to choose between putting food on the table and taking the little one to the doctor for an ear infection. With the high cost of healthcare, the average doctor visit is $101 and the cost of testing, prescriptions and blood work has all skyrocketed.
“Some people ask why. My mom said why not,” said Mary Stone’s daughter, Amy Stone. “She doesn’t realize how she has touched so many lives throughout her life.”
Open Arms Health Clinic is designed to put the mind at ease. It’s a not for profit organization built on the belief that everyone deserves the best care and treatment available without financial worries. The clinic’s services are available to residents of Bellbrook, Sugarcreek Township, Southern Greene County, Spring Valley, Northern Warren County and Southern Montgomery County.
“We are very passionate about this clinic,” said board member Nancy Vencill. “We all believe in Mary’s vision and are excited to get started.”
The clinic is not an income based healthcare facility. Simply visit the clinic and explain your situation. No need to worry about the cumbersome qualification process. The clinic allows walk-ins and the atmosphere is that of any doctor’s office and will be run as a regular doctor’s office. Currently, Paul Jonas, M.D. of Family Health Connections in Beavercreek will be donating his time to helping the community and driving the center’s vision. As the word spreads about the clinic, the center hopes to add more doctors and nurse practitioners to the list of providers.
Open Arms Health Clinic will be offering the following services:
· Acute illnesses
· Chronic illnesses
· Acute minor injuries
· Respiratory problems
· Hypertension (high blood pressure)
· Chest pains
· Muscular/Skeletal disorders
“We want to help make a healthy community because a health community is a viable community,” said Stone.
As the clinic’s vision reaches the community and more physicians, specialists and services become available, the list of services will grow. In the months and years to come, the clinic plans to have health wellness classes and other services to help guarantee a healthy community.
To make donations or volunteer, stop into the clinic or visit the website at www.BellbrookOpenArmsClinic.org. For more information about the services Open Arms Health Clinic offers, contact the office at (937) 848-2939.