The first meeting of the minds was held with Stacy Malinowski of Mustard Seed Ministries, Dr. James Roberts, and Larry Lee, Arlease Hall and James Harris, all of the St. Lucie County Health Department. To achieve their goal they:
Although it took time, perseverance and patience, the clinic opened on October 25, 2010, with six medical volunteers, five support volunteers and five paid employees. Nineteen months later, and under the leadership of Dr. James Strawn, HANDS opened its adult dental clinic, providing free dental services to qualified adults in the community.
In the fiscal year from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, $14.6 million in donated, in-kind services was provided to HANDS patients, thanks to the many collaborative partnerships shared between healthcare providers from across the state and HANDS. That commitment to the betterment of this community gives donors a $14.60 return on investment for each dollar donated.
The American healthcare landscape has been transformed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yet, while this landmark law has expanded access to healthcare to millions of Americans, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 31-million will remain uninsured even following its full implementation. As a result, there will remain an urgent need for the lifesaving care provided by free and charitable clinics such as HANDS of St. Lucie County.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kathryn Hensley – HANDS Board Chair, member of the St. Lucie County School Board, member of the Board for Children’s Services Council, Florida Children’s Council, Economic Development Council, Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Planning Organization, Hibiscus Children’s Center, Early Learning Council, Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments and New Horizons of the Treasure Coast
Patricia Alley – HANDS Board Treasurer and member of the Board for Children’s Services Council
Cris Adams – HANDS Board member and Vice-President of Community Impact for United Way of St. Lucie County
Stacy Malinowski – HANDS Board member, Program Director for Mustard Seed Ministries, member of the Board of Directors for Treasure Coast Homeless Service Council, local Boy Scouts of America Development Committee, FEMA’s Emergency Food & Shelter Board and member of the Local Transportation Community Board representing low-income residents
John Romano – HANDS Board member, President and CEO of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, a contributing provider to HANDS patients
Dr. Gerald Flores – HANDS Board member and contributing provider to HANDS patients
Christopher Sanz – HANDS Board member