After moving from its original location in Wolf Lake at Luckey Hospital to the Wolf Lake United Methodist Church, a free health clinic is relocating to Columbia City.
The Wolf Lake Free Health Clinic, which provides medical services to uninsured patients of area counties, will open June 27 at 524 Branch Court, across from Ace Hardware.
Over the years, the church has grown and needed the space that the clinic occupied, said Dr. Tom Hayhurst, one of the clinic’s founders. To add 30,000 or 40,000 square feet to the church was cost-prohibitive, he said. Luckily, Parkview Health had the space about 10 to 15 minutes away that the clinic will now use. It will keep its original name.
Its hours are 1-7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month, except in November and December when the hours are the second and third Thursday.
Each clinic day will be staffed by a doctor and a nurse. No charges are billed to the patient.
The walk-in clinic sees any uninsured person who does not have private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA benefits. Services are limited to patients aged 18 and older who have basic primary care needs or chronic health problems, but do not have the means to obtain this care.
It started 2007 after the Rev. Wray McCalester of Wolf Lake United Methodist tended to a member who died of prostate cancer because he had no medical insurance to get treated, Hayhurst said.
"There should be quality health care to everyone regardless of means," said Hayhurst, a retired physician from Fort Wayne and former Fort Wayne councilman.
The clinic will have a dispensary with basic medications, but does not offer narcotics, birth control pills or drugs to treat psychiatric disorders. Prescriptions will not be written for any of those medications.
The clinic was started in 2007 by Hayhurst; McCalester; Wolf Lake United Methodist Church member Kay Luce; and Pat Rauh, L.P.N., along with several volunteers.