Local clinic gets federal designation

WABASH VALLEY, Ind. (WTHI) – The folks behind Terre Haute’s 17-year run of a “free people’s clinic” celebrated a milestone Friday afternoon: the Wabash Valley Health Center transitioning to a federally qualified health center.

“The federal grant is a result of the Affordable Care Act. And so, these dollars will sustain our future, and help us again expand the number of lives that we’ll be able to touch,” said Charlie Welker, CEO of the clinic locally known as St. Ann Clinic.

Now with this federal designation, the longstanding commitment of the clinic, located at 1436 Locust Street, will now know no bounds.

“We’ve only previously served ages 18-64; we’ll now serve all ages,” Welker told the impressive crowd.

Another feature Welker and volunteers are proud of, the strict requirement that there can be zero discrimination based on income.

“That’s been a part of who we are for the past 17-years and we’re able to sustain that mission! We are not allowed to turn anyone away!”

For the uninsured, Welker said, the clinic will now operate on a sliding-fee scale.

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