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
Christopher Sanz – HANDS Board Chairman
Paula Lewis – HANDS Board Secretary
Michael Brown Sr. – HANDS Board Treasurer
Dr. Gerald Flores – HANDS Board member and Contributing Provider
Dr. Andrew Passeri, Ph.D. – HANDS Executive Director
Kathryn Hensley – HANDS Board Member
Patricia Alley – HANDS Board Member
Dr. Kenneth Palestrant – HANDS Board Member and Contributing Provider