Whole Family Health Ctr expands IRC healthcare access with Impact 100 grant

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Whole Family Health Center was proudly awarded a $100,000.00 grant from the Impact 100 of Indian River County in support of establishing a Mobile Medical Office. Whole Family Health Center’s Mission is to provide high-quality, caring, accessible health care services; adult and child, medical, mental, and oral health, to everyone. This grant funding will allow WFHC to expand access to care for underserved and vulnerable members of the community.

“Whole Family Health Center is so pleased and incredibly honored to receive this grant award to establish our latest service for the community, a Mobile Medical Office,” said Marie Andress, Chief Executive Officer of Whole Family Health Center. “This initiative is transformational as it will provide and promote better healthcare for vulnerable members of our community. The Mobile Medical Office will remove barriers to care especially for those with limited mobility or no access to reliable transportation. We’re looking forward to acquiring and outfitting our mobile office and taking our services on the road!”

For over 25 years, Whole Family Health Center has provided access to care on the Treasure Coast, expanding into Primary Health and Behavioral Health care in 2013 serving all members of our community, especially uninsured, underinsured, low-income, and marginalized individuals in Indian River County. WFHC strives to provide high-quality, affordable health care that is evidence-based and is tailored to the specific needs of the patient as well as considering the social needs of the patient.

At Whole Family Health Center, we are seeing firsthand the urgent need to expand access to healthcare. The pandemic has been challenging for everyone in our community, and the ability to reach more patients who need assistance during this period of rapid growth is crucial. Commitment to current and future residents in our community is in everything Whole Family Health Center and Impact 100 of Indian River County do. We believe this expansion will help achieve WFHC’s immediate and long-term goals of providing additional health services within Indian River County to the patients who need us the most.

About Whole Family Health Center

Whole Family Health Center (WFHC) is a non-profit community healthcare organization serving the Treasure Coast for over 25 years. WFHC offers an integrated approach to healthcare providing access to Adult & Pediatric Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and a Pharmacy with delivery services, all under one roof. WFHC strives to be a healthcare home for all members of the community, whether they are full- or part-time residents.

WFHC began in Fort Pierce as the ‘AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast’ (ARTCTC), founded by Dr. Gerald Pierone, an Infectious Disease Specialist. Dr. Pierone serves as our Chief Medical Officer, overseeing all clinical initiatives and directing our infectious disease program, including our COVID-19 response. Today, WFHC remains the leader on the Treasure Coast for the care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and STIs.

Whole Family Health Center’s collaborative relationships with community leaders, hospitals, physicians, and the patients we serve, enable us to better meet the needs of our community and we look forward to exciting opportunities to expand our services to those who need us most. With state-of-the-art clinical offices in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, our team of medical professionals is committed to delivering compassionate, quality care to all!

About Impact 100 of Indian River County

Indian River Impact 100 grew out of a previous initiative known as “Women and Philanthropy” which existed to inspire and educate philanthropically inclined women. The Steering Committee and five women, who made up the Leadership Team, launched Indian River Impact 100 in December 2008.

Instead of forming a separate nonprofit organization, the Indian River Impact 100 Fund was established at the Indian River Community Foundation, which was the charitable giving vehicle through which the Fund would be administered. High impact grants were awarded in increments of $100,000 or greater.

In the inaugural year, the original goal was to recruit 100 women to each give $1,000 to the fund. By the end of the 2009 membership drive, 205 women were members, which allowed for two high impact grants totaling $102,500 each. By 2019, the membership grew to 425 women with a cumulative total of $4,143,000 being awarded via 62 grants to area nonprofits.

Whole Family Health Center is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation. It is a FQHC-LAL dedicated to the delivery of healthcare to all, including individuals with limited resources and access to care. SE HABLA ESPANOL * NOU PALE KREOLE

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