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   City : Princeton State : Illinois
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Name: Em Alm
Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic
Address - Directions :
500 Elm Place
Princeton, IL, 61356
When -Time Etc :
Tues, Wen Thurs, 9am-2pm

Contact Numbers :

Sr.No Contact Name Contact Person Contact No.
1 Phone

Services :
Medical clinic for those without insurance
Notes :
Phone: 815-879-8794 Fax: 815-879-8004
email address :
website URL :
Mission/Goal/history :

goal is to make a difference in the lives of our community by caring for the members of the community who are sick, poor, under served, and at risk. We do this by

Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic opened on December 17, 2002, in a one room storefront in Princeton, the county seat of Bureau County, Illinois. BCHWC was founded by Heather Tinker, an emergency room nurse frustrated with the onslaught of non-emergent patients buried behind the acutely ill and injured in a Level I Trauma Center, waiting 6-8 hours for basic primary healthcare because they had no where else to go. She formed a Task Force of community leaders to assess the needs and strategize. Within 6 months the doors were opened in a borrowed space with 12 physicians volunteering their time and services to provide primary healthcare to the low-income, uninsured population of rural Bureau County.

In its first year of operation, BCHWC provided free primary health care to 350 patients with an annual operating expense of $10,000. The patient population continued to grow exponentially as factory closings and plant lay-offs saddled the Bureau County area with significant increases in unemployment, while industrial jobs with benefits were replaced by service industry positions that offered limited, if any, benefits.

By the end of 2004, BCHWC was able to move into a large building due to the generosity of Covenant Children and Family Services. As the patient population continued to double each year, the rate of patient interactions doubled as well. The new space allowed for three separate exam rooms increasing the effectiveness of the physician's clinics by almost doubling the number of patients seen by each provider. The annual budget had grown from $10,000.00 to $80,000.00 and two area hospitals, encouraged by a Hospital Impact Study showing a 60% reduction in uninsured visits to the local emergency department one year after the introduction of free clinic services, agreed to provide limited ancillary testing for BCHW patients.

The clinic now provides over a half million dollars in services and prescription medication (over 6000 patient visits) in Bureau County.

The clinic exists to provide compassionate, quality healthcare for every patient

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