“Citi is a superb corporate friend to Irving’s only continuing care clinic for needy, uninsured residents,” said Irving Healthcare Foundation Chairman of the Board Tom Trotter. IHF submitted the request to Citi, which has now given more than $85,000 to the clinic since 2009.”
Baylor Medical Center at Irving will provide the testing paid for by the gift. Baylor Irving will charge significantly less for these tests than normal with the goal of stretching this gift as far as possible.
“A physician or nurse practitioner often cannot make a diagnosis without the benefits of an X-ray or some other type of medical image,” said Baylor Irving President Cindy Schamp. “Thanks to Citi, we can now provide those tests to patients who need help most, but often can least afford it. Citi really has stepped in to meet a very critical need.”
Irving Interfaith Clinic opened its doors in 2006 to provide medical, and eventually dental, care to uninsured residents of Irving. Volunteer physicians and dentist provide care there on evenings and weekends. Also, Baylor Health Care System also funds an advanced practice nurse who sees patients during weekday business hours.
The clinic treats uninsured Irving resident who meet income requirements who and who are not eligible for services at Dallas County’s Parkland Hospital or its Irving Health Center.
“If someone is eligible for care at Parkland, we encourage them to use that system’s excellent Irving Health Center here in our community,” explained the clinic’s Executive Director Maggie Rabiteau. “However, if someone is offered health insurance through their job and they decline it because they need to keep those dollars to pay for basic needs like food and rent, then those people are not eligible for county tax-subsidized care at Parkland. These are the patients we most often see at Irving Interfaith Clinic. We become their doctor’s office or ‘medical home’ and we work to get them healthy and keep them that way.”
Rabiteau added that it’s often challenging to help patients become and stay healthy since many clinic patients have multiple serious health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart issues.
“That’s why Citi’s gift is so critical. It gives our medical providers the tools they need to create a treatment plan for our patients. It really is a gift of life and health that Citi has given to our community,” she said.
Source: Irving Healthcare Foundation