(WLNS) – The first year of the Sparrow Medical Group Volunteers of America practice in Lansing is being celebrated for providing care to the area’s homeless.
The practice, believed to be the first of its kind in Michigan, is based at the homeless service center at the Volunteers of America in Lansing. One of the benefits of the practice is that it breaks down some of the barriers to medical care that the homeless must overcome. There is one Physician, a Physician assistant, nurse manager and five medical assistants who care for patients at the practice. And they’ve been busy.
During the first year there were:
• More than 3,100 Patient visits
• Nearly 80 diabetic Patients seen
• Tobacco screenings performed on 100 percent of practice Patients
“We are helping Patients regain control over health issues that have plagued them for years,” said Joseph Ruth, Sparrow Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
The practice is one part of a group of services available at Volunteers of America Michigan. Delta Dental is partnering with VOA Michigan to build and open a four-chair dental clinic. There are also financial assistance planners from Sparrow available to help with applications for Healthy Michigan and Health Insurance Marketplace applications.
“It is a common sense and compassionate solution that makes Lansing a better community,” said Patrick Patterson, Executive Vice President for Volunteers of America Michigan. “These are folks who most overcome a variety of obstacles. The partnership has been a blessing.”