TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Across the nation, health centers serve 1 in 15 Americans. Their main goal is to provide health care for the uninsured and under insured.
This week the Wabash Valley Health Center opened its refurbished doors to the community. Its a clinic with the ability to change lives, just ask one patient.
Open the doors of the open house. Wednesday, the community got a glimpse of the newly renovated St. Ann’s clinic, now part of the Wabash Valley Health Center.
“For us the ability to celebrate health center week and showcase our renovation project that we just completed,” CEO of the Health Center Charlie Welker said. “We’ve significantly improved patient privacy, we’ve updated all of the furnishings, we’ve added 5 exam rooms.”
Among the guided tours and the well wishers and alongside the new technology and equipment you will meet Mary Dube.
For around 10 years she’s relied on the Health Center for her medical needs.
“I worked at Columbia House and after I lost my job there I ended up having to come here( to the Health Center).” Mary explained. “At first I thought this is only for Catholics. But its not it’s for anybody that needs medical attention. ”
At one of the lowest points in her life, the Health Center gave her hope.
“At the time I was up to 3 packs of cigarettes a day,” she sighed. “They helped me stop smoking. It’ll be 7 years smoke free. Doctors here are very caring and they are not the ones to rush you or push you into anything.”
This year, the health center wants to reach more people like Mary. The open house was also an open forum for this new federally qualified health center.
“Now we are able to take those federal dollars and significantly increase the number of lives that we are able to serve,” Welker explained.
If you’re wondering what Mary is doing now, well after all the help she’s received here she’s giving back to the clinic that got her back on her feet.
“I thought, “You know God? This is my way of saying thank you” and I became a volunteer here,” she smiled.