HANDS of St. Lucie County
Medical primary care services are an essential part of continuing health and well being… Many people are in need of medical attention but lack health insurance. They have nowhere to turn and cannot afford to go to the doctor or emergency room.
The HANDS Network collaborates with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County and other partners to increase access to primary health and dental care, reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations, and provide disease management services.
|Winner of the 2014 St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Business & Industry Award for Health Services|
HANDS Clinic - Primary health care and referrals for low-income, uninsured adults
HANDS Dental Clinic - Dental care for low-income, uninsured adults
Health Education - Chronic disease education and smoking cessation classes
Pediatric Dental Program - Oral health screening and education in schools
To become a HANDS client you must go through a financial eligibility screening process.
The HANDS Clinic may provide health care at no charge to you. To be eligible, you must:
- Be a resident of St. Lucie County who has lived here continuously for the past 6 months
- Be 18 to 64 years of age
- Be uninsured - No Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans benefits, or any other heath care insurance
- Have a low household income
Why is the hands clinic so important?
People often put off going to the doctor when they lack health insurance. Unfortunately, waiting may mean the difference between a small problem and a life-threatening condition.
A Real Life Story:
A 33-year-old St. Lucie County woman was a frequent patient at a local hospital emergency room. Every few months this mother would go to a local Emergency Room with extremely high blood pressure - headaches and nausea - about to pass out! Her emergency room treatments were very expensive and waiting so long for treatment is dangerous.
Now, thanks to the HANDS Clinic this single parent has a medical home to address her chronic disease and she receives her medication in a timely manner. Today, she is able to care for her children and live a healthy, productive life.
"For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be
based on people's love and concern for each other."
Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity