FERNCARE FREE CLINIC INC

Ferndale, MI   |  www.ferncare.org

Mission

The mission of FernCare is to enhance lives and champion thriving communities by providing no cost health services and advocacy for medically uninsured people.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are one of only two free clinics in South Oakland County and the closest free clinic for south Macomb County and anyone living north of McNichols in Detroit, Michigan.
We have been open since August, 2010 and have never had to cancel a clinic session because we have not had adequate volunteers.
The clinic is as stable as it is because of donors and grantors who believe that the work we do is valuable and relevant and equally because people in the medical profession believe the very same and volunteer with us.

Ruling year info

2022

Board President

Mr. Daniel Martin

Main address

751 E. Nine Mile Rd. Suite 2

Ferndale, MI 48220 USA

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EIN

32-0246843

NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Michigan there are over 790,000 individuals without health insurance. Not having health insurance creates a barrier to getting needed medical care. FernCare Free Clinic, Inc. provides that needed care to people between the ages of 19 – 64 that do not have health insurance. FernCare offers primary care services, lab, pharmacy and assistance enrolling in qualifying health plans. FernCare offers these services at no cost to the patient.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clinic programs

FernCare is a free primary care medical clinic open to anyone between the ages of 19 - 64 who has no health insurance or primary care provider. In addition to the clinic, we do the common lab tests, have a dispensing generic medication pharmacy, operate a Counseling program, have insurance specialists at every clinic session and a robust referring network for those issues that are beyond our Scope of Service. For the general community, we are part of the DEA Drug Take Back program as a drop off site for no longer used medications and run a comprehensive health resource center available by phone, e-mail or hard copy. We have only two part time employees, everyone else is a volunteer including the Medical Director.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Community Partners Award 2013

Citizens for a Fair Ferndale

Best New Independent Service Business 2011

Ferndale DDA

Good Neighbors Award 2017

Citizens for a Fair Ferndale

Affiliations & memberships

National Association of Free Clinics 2018

Michigan Association of Free Clinics 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new patients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Clinic programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of patients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Clinic programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1.) Enhance the quality of life t our patients by providing free quality health care and related services to qualifying patients.
2.) Create and maintain a sustainable model for the delivery of the care.
3. Expand the scope and range of services offered to our patients.
3.) Find more ways to engage the community to support the overall community's health.

1.) Sustainable Clinic-
Continue to look at potential grantor sources. Current grantors have helped to ease some of the burden of fundraising. We are looking to obtain our first Independant Audit this year which opens up a larger pool of future sources.

2.) Expand Services offered-
Quarterly meetings held by the Clinic team, and some input from the board of directors helps to grow the ideas on how to offer more services with little or no greater cost. One way we recently did this was offering family counseling for more simple issues and are trying to coordinate a connection between metal health and the overall medical health of those patients.

3.) Community Services-
With the Affordable Care Act in place, we have been asked 'Are we still relevant'. The simple answer is yes. There are still many people who still cannot afford health insurance nor are they eligible for the newly expanded Healthy Michigan. However, we know there is more that we can do in our community and have been checking with our insurance to see what is allowed, as well as starting the process to get information from the community for what they would like to see.

FernCare relies on the talent and creativity of 4 part time employees and over 60 volunteers, both medical and administrative. FernCafre relies on partnerships to drive outcomes. This includes our volunteer base bujt also partnerships. FernCare is a member of the National Association of Free Clinics, Michigan Association of Free Clinics, various Chambers and business related resources. FernCare has a mixed revenue model drawing funds from grants, fund raisers and direct individual donations.

What we've done so far...
FernCare was established in a permeant location in 2011, from previously serving patients from temporary sites. Since that times services have been expanded to 6 clinic sessions a month, providing over 1,000 patient visits annually. The range of services has been increased to include primary care, pharmacy, ab services and either direct or referred specialty care. FernCare also implemented the use of electronic medical records


What's Next:
In the next 12 months FernCare is going to expand to 8 clinic sessions a month. FernCare is also increasing its capacity by offering Telehealth Services. FernCare is also launching an integrated case management program for our patients with chronic disease, focusing initially on diabetes and hypertension.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FERNCARE FREE CLINIC INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rudy Serra

FernCare Free Clinic

Term: 2019 - 2022

Rudolph (Rudy) Serra

FernCare Free Clinic

Barbara Winter

LaTrisha Lake

Blur Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Barbara Winter

Oakland County Board of Commissioners

Dennis Whittie

Whittie Law

Irenita Goedert

Red Door Realty, Inc

Melinda Cupples

Ford Motor Company

Randall Cabalerro

Patient Representative

Kristie Lee

Rock Financial

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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