McAuley Clinic Relocating and Expanding
New 9th Street location will enable clinic to better serve growing number of patients
Owensboro, KY (July 29, 2011) – Renovation on property at 9th and Center streets has started to relocate and expand the McAuley Clinic to better serve a mounting number of patients. Once refurbished, the new location will provide 3,050 square feet with six exam rooms, more area for waiting and additional office and storage space. The renovation is expected to be complete in about 60 days and will cost $60,000, funded by the Owensboro Health Community Benefit Grant Program.
The need for primary care among the uninsured has steadily increased over the last few years. In the last 12 months, patient visits have increased by more than 3,000. McAuley Clinic is presently located patients at the Daniel Pitino Shelter, where it has operated since 1994 with two exam rooms.
“The need is tremendous,” said Mary Danhauer, the clinic’s advance practice registered nurse and principal healthcare provider. “In the last six to eight months, we have seen 80-100 new patients per month.
“We strive to provide quality care and treat the whole person.” Danhauer said. “Patients are very grateful for what we can do for them. “Having more space will allow us to continue serving patients with excellence.”
Owensboro Health will lease space in the building from Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities for $1 per year.
“By joining our resources we hope to help meet a need that might not have been possible without mutual effort,” said Terry Brownson, chief executive officer for Wendell Foster’s Campus for Developmental Disabilities. “We want to be good neighbors with a drive to meet the needs of the community. This collaboration allows us to do just that.”
McAuley Clinic Fact Sheet
- The McAuley Clinic was established in 1990 by Mercy Hospital, churches and the community. It offers free medical care to anyone without healthcare insurance.
- According to a survey conducted by the clinic, 48 percent of McAuley patients said they would not have access to primary care if the clinic did not exist. Another 45 percent said they used the hospital emergency department for primary care before becoming a McAuley patient. Almost 40 percent said they would use the emergency department if McAuley did not exist.
- Mary Danhauer, an advance practice registered nurse, joined the McAuley Clinic in July 2008 as the primary healthcare provider. In addition to Danhauer, physician assistants also see patients at the clinic.
- In September 2009, the clinic expanded hours in the evenings from 8 am to 8 pm Monday – Friday. The additional hours have enabled the clinic’s healthcare providers to see another 2,000 to 2,300 patients annually and approximately 1,000 more patients per year through visits to the clinic’s nurses.
- The Owensboro Health Foundation for Health exists to secure funding for health-related projects in the community, including McAuley Clinic, through fundraising events, corporate and private gifts, and grants. The foundation raises $60,000 each year to support the clinic, in addition to a $150,000 annual gift from Catholic Healthcare Partners.
- Inaddition to a fulltime staff provided by Owensboro Health, the clinic receives support from more than a dozen devoted volunteers, including both clinical and nonclinical workers. Patients receive care akin to what they would receive in a doctor’s office. This includes treatment for minor illnesses, physical exams and ongoing needs for chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. When a patient needs treatment outside the scope of what McAuley can provide, the clinic helps patients secure care from other doctors.
June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2011
- Patient visits – 16,007*
- New patients – 1,414
- Dollar value, sample medications provided to patients - $1,023,814
- Value of medications provided through prescription assistance programs - $4,931,279
June 1, 2009 – May 31, 2010
- Patient visits – 13, 138*
- Dollar value, sample medications provided to patients - $867,000