ALBION – Local residents who lack full medical insurance can receive attention at Oaklawn Express Care – Albion through a new partnership with the Marshall-based Fountain Clinic.
Beginning March 8, appointments for uninsured and under-insured individuals will be offered between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. every second Friday of the month at the Oaklawn site at 302 N. Monroe St.
To make such appointments and to determine whether one is qualified to receive Fountain Clinic services, it is recommended that a potential patient contact the clinic’s Marshall office at (269) 781-0952.
“We want our services to be available to people with little or no insurance and who are unable to travel to Marshall,” said Mary Jo Byrne, executive director of the Fountain Clinic, based at 111 N. Jefferson St. in Marshall. “This arrangement with Oaklawn will allow us to reach many more people in need, as we have done for the past 27 years in the Marshall and Albion communities.”
The Fountain Clinic offers assistance to those whose yearly income is below 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, and who are uninsured or underinsured.
“Circumstances have come together for us, in staffing and funding, along with the new access to Albion residents at a central location, that allow us to address this effectively,” Byrne said. “In no way will this reduce our ability to see patients in our Marshall office.”
Staffed primarily by a nurse practitioner, volunteer physicians, dentists and physician assistants, the Fountain Clinic’s resources are used to provide physician services, diagnostic testing and medications for the patients it serves.
Oaklawn’s new primary and express care clinic in central Albion opened Feb. 11, the result of a partnership between Albion College and Oaklawn. The handicap-accessible facility’s regular hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for express care, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for family medicine.