- Written by Tom Miles Tom Miles
- Created: 13 August 2014 13 August 2014
In January, we heard a presentation by Steve Bergstrand, Publicity Director of the Christ Clinic, and collected supplies for the Fort Collins ministry. The Clinic is an amazing resource to those without access to regular medical care.
Steve recently sent this letter, a good summary of the work of the Christ Clinic and reminder to keep the organization in your prayers:
In mid-October, Christ Clinic, the free community medical clinic in Fort Collins, will celebrate two years of medical and spiritual service to those in need.
135 Christian volunteers from over twenty churches in the community have provided care for hundreds of patients who are experiencing hardship due to lack of access to healthcare. Christian Chaplains are available to talk to those who also express spiritual needs, but this interaction is not a requirement to receive medical care at the clinic. The only identification required is the patient’s name and birth for the medical record.
A registered nurse schedules appointments for the clinic on Monday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. The two or three volunteer physicians or nurse practitioners on duty usually see twelve to fifteen patients who are each given a thirty-minute time slot. Care is provided to all, regardless of age or religious belief. The volunteers are able to do on-site urine analysis, glucose monitoring, A1c monitoring, hemoglobin measurements, peak flow testing, pregnancy testing, EKGs, KOH preps, skin biopsies and anoscopy testing as well as incision and drainage of skin abscesses, therapeutic joint injections and dressing change procedures. If the patient has additional needs the clinic cannot provide, they are referred to additional resources in the community. For example, the clinic does not provide pregnancy care or pain management, as those areas are better served by other organizations in the community.
All care at the clinic is free. Christ Clinic does not require financial qualification. Christ Clinic does not take insurance or ask for compensation in any way. If a patient says they need help with their medical care and their need is within the scope of the clinic, they are provided an appointment. Faith Evangelical Free Church provides the clinic space for private treatment rooms and a reception area at 3920 S. Shields St. in Fort Collins. All labor is volunteered and funding for supplies is provided through grants and individual donations.
Clinic resources are limited, so patients pay for outside lab work using Direct Access Testing or through the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP). $4/$10 generic medications from the major pharmacies are prescribed whenever possible. Where generic formularies are not available, the Health District of Northern Larimer County provides access to patient assistance for necessary medications.
Individuals wishing to take advantage of the Christ Clinic's services should call 481-2390. A registered nurse will return the call to schedule an appointment.
Interested in supporting the Christ Clinic? Mail your check to Christ Clinic, 3920 S. Shields St., Fort Collins, CO 80525. The church office staff at Faith Evangelical Free Church will forward the donations to the Clinic Treasurer.
Saint John’s Board of Human Needs finds opportunities for the members of Saint John’s to provide a Christian witness by helping people in the community struggling with daily necessities.