The Ottawa County Community Clinic provides care for Ottawa County residents who lack access to traditional health care because of their lack of health insurance, Tribal health benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, or Veteran's benefits. This care is provided thanks to the generosity and volunteerism of Ottawa County residents.
Key providers for the clinic continue to offer their services every Thursday evening with doors opening at 4:00 P.M. Current providers include: Dr. Jack Doney, Dr. Paul Fuhrmeister, Dr. Clark Osborn, Dr. Mark Osborn, Carol Durham, Nurse Practitioner, Kim King, Nurse Practitioner, Katie Sigler, Nurse Practioner, Amy Mercer, Physician Assistant, Larry Walther, Physician Assistant, Dr. Pat Belford, Dr. Jeff Stewart, Dr. David Garrett, Dr. Elaine Mader, and Dr. Romeo Obsequio.
On Tuesday evenings, medications are ordered and dispensed through the Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) where drug manufacturers make certain name-brand drugs available to patients who qualify according to each company's financial guidelines. Bill
Cannon, clinic PAP coordinator, assists patients with their application and follow-up.
Lay and skilled community volunteers, some volunteering since the clinic began in 2002, assist on Thursday evenings with vitals, chart preparation, and patient flow. An additional community mission of providing a meal to patients while they wait to be seen by the physician was instituted approximately one year ago.
Community organizations providing patients with food are: First Assembly of God, First
Christian Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bethany Christian Church, Church of Christ, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, New Life Church of the Nazarene, First Presbyterian Church, the Pilot Club, and the Lioness Club.
Local Ottawa County residents who give through the United Way are the primary financial support for the clinic. An anonymous donor has also made available a limited number of free mammograms for female patients who would not otherwise be able to afford them.
Special help in operational challenges have been provided by numerous individuals and organizations including Dennis Taylor from Lakeland Office Systems, who donated and installed another copier when the old one was no longer repairable. Mike Westfall has generously given sheetrock for interior repair materials. Osborn Drug continues to purchase script pads for use by the physicians in treating patients. First Baptist Church has graciously allowed us to locate the clinic on land belonging to the church. '
Members of the First United Methodist Church have willingly held work days for cleaning, caulking, and repairing where needed. The local Boy Scout Troop have donated their time and fund raising skills to installing sidewalks, staining the deck, and painting the facility. Projects planned and completed at the clinic have helped several Boy Scouts obtain their Eagle Scout rank.
The OU Pharmacy interns with Osborn's Pharmacy, Lida Ryan and Julie Nix, have participated in interviewing patients, reviewing their current medications, education of patients and making suggestions to the providers for therapeutic alternatives. They, along with two O.U. pharmacy professionals, Dr. Todd Marcy and Dr. Mark Britton, have greatly improved the quality of care we are able to provide to patients.
The N.E.O Nursing Department and their second level nursing students have spent many hours in patient evaluation and assisting the providers in patient care. At the same time, the experience was a learning opportunity for the students. Sarah Smith, president of the NEO Student Nursing Association was instrumental in raising funds to purchase a machine for taking patient blood pressures more easily and accurately.
The City of Miami, Cable One, Preatorian Protective Services, Fire Chief Ronnie Cline and Beehler-Wright Lock Shop have provided invaluable assistance is helping us to continue our mission.
Previous recognition has been given to the many other individuals who gave of their time and money before the clinic opened at it's current location. Thus, The Ottawa County Community Clinic was named appropriately - it really is a community-wide effort to help others!