Wildflower Healthcare continues to provide free dental and medical care to underserved people

Wildflower Healthcare, located at 268 Herbert St. in West St. Augustine, provides free, quality dental and medical care to underserved, uninsured adult residents in St. Johns County and adjacent communities.

Since 1995, volunteer health workers and paid staff have provided compassionate care and health education through clinics and community programs.

The Wildflower Clinic serves uninsured adults ages 18 and older with annual incomes less than 200% of the federal poverty line, which is $55,500 in 2022 for a family of four.

Target patients include small business owners, restaurant workers, many new residents of St. Johns County, and the homeless. Community partners, volunteers, individual donors, and philanthropic foundations have generously supported the nonprofit with new and existing programs and services.

Recently, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Wildflower Healthcare as a new member and recognized the nonprofit’s history with a ribbon average and open house. Attendees at the event also celebrated a building upgrade and mural donated by a 10th grade student, Claire Walczak, of the Memorial Presbyterian Church youth group, along with new flooring made possible by the Anastasia Baptist Church.

The event was attended by local businesses, nonprofit partners, volunteers, dignitaries, employees and community members.

Wildflower Healthcare provides much-needed dental exams, X-rays, extractions, fillings, dentures, routine cleaning and dental health education

Medical services include primary care with laboratory work and x-rays, emergency care, specialty clinics for cardio, endocrinology, orthopedics, hematology, gastroenterology, and vision testing. Women’s wellness health and prescription support are also offered.

Community outreach is done in partnership with the Flagler Health+ Bus Mobile Clinic, which provides medical services at St. Francis House, the Hastings branch of the St. Johns County Public Library System, the Family Worship Center and also Dining with Dignity offers once a month visits.

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In addition, Ascension St Johns works with the non-profit organization and their Dental Bus to provide once a month services in the Hastings area.

Wildflower provides outreach services to Home Again St. Johns, St. Francis House, Epic Cure, Council on Aging at Hastings Senior Center and other locations that provide health screening and education and pop-up flu shot clinics throughout St. Johns County .

According to Michelle P. Colee, executive director of Wildflower Healthcare, patients at the facility will also be able to receive newly expanded social services expertise, with an expansion of dental and medical coverage, as well as in-house diabetes education and additional staff recently trained in outreach, dental and Medical were discontinued. and volunteer physicians in a variety of specialties. The organization continues its ongoing services and programs six days a week Monday through Saturday and is closed on Sundays.

“We’re a small but mighty organization and we’re extremely grateful for volunteers and donors who make our work possible,” said Colee. “New volunteers are always welcome in all fields, including dentists, doctors, physician assistants, post-registration nurses and registered nurses, as well as other professionals such as photographers, marketing and media specialists,” she said. “Donors are needed to help us with contributions and those looking for a worthwhile cause. This is an excellent way to help the community by ensuring good health for all. In particular, we want to reach out to government officials to tell them our story and how Wildflower Healthcare is well integrated into the overall fabric of St. Johns County services. This is important to our financial growth as a non-profit organization.”

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As the only free dental and medical clinic in St. Johns County, Wildflower Healthcare has seen a 30% increase in services provided this year with the goal of increasing access to quality, compassionate care for uninsured adult residents in St. Johns County ensure. The nonprofit is recognized as making a significant contribution to the health and well-being of people while building and maintaining full diversity and acceptance through the nonprofit’s culture, values, norms, and behaviors.

In 1995, Good Samaritan Healthcare (GSHC) began providing free dental and medical services to underserved, uninsured residents through medical clinics at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church and dental clinics at St. Johns County Health Department. In 2007, GSHC launched the Wildflower Project in partnership with New Mt. Moriah Christian Ministry in West Augustine and the St. Johns County Health Department.

In response to the community’s need for adult dental care, GSHC partnered with the Anastasia Baptist Church and the Emergency Services Homeless Coalition to establish a five-day mobile dental clinic in 2007 for underserved, uninsured residents.

The GSHC Board initiated a capital campaign to raise funds to build a permanent dental and medical services facility. The new Christian Ministry of Mt. Moriah donated land on Herbert Street for the Wildflower Clinic, which opened debt-free and began patient care in January 2010 to reflect our greater impact on the community.

In 2021, patients served by Wildflower Healthcare and partner sites included 1,592 medical patients, 1,493 dental patients, of whom 28 patients received full dentures, 77 specialist referrals, 155 flu shots, 799 Covid vaccines, and 2,693 households who received health information through food banks. The drugs distributed were valued at nearly $766,000.

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dr Shakira Husain, MD, serves as the nonprofit’s president and medical director, and Dr. Stephanie Kinsey, DDS, serves as Dental Director.

For more information, contact Michelle P. Colee at 904-829-1962 ext. 105, email to [email protected] The website is wildflowerhealthcare.org.

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