Hours of Operation



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Tuesday & Thursday Evening Clinics - registration from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm 

  •  Our Free Clinic is open for walk-in appointments.
  •  Specialty appointments are available by referral.
  •  Our Free Pharmacy is available to fill prescriptions written at St. Clare Health Mission. 
  •  Physical Therapy is available at the clinic by referral. 

Wednesday Follow Up Clinic - by appointment from 8:00 am-12:00 pm 

  • Started in 2002 by Dr. Michael Garrity, this clinic continues to be a primary medical home for those with complex medical           conditions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is the eligibility criteria for care at St. Clare Health Mission?


Adults and children without health insurance and who are not eligible for health insurance are eligible


Persons who fall below 200% of federal poverty level.  Income        documentation is requested.


*Certain situations caused by the current pandemic will be considered based on your immediate needs. Persons who recently lost a job, insurance, or are having difficulty paying for prescriptions medications due to COVID-19 are encouraged to call to visit during clinic hours or call to discuss options: 608.519.4633


Q.  Does St. Clare provide dental care?


A.  St. Clare is not a provider of routine or restorative dental services. 


St. Clare Health Mission does refer and cover costs for emergency extractions.  All patients must be seen and referred by a physician at the St. Clare Health Mission. 



Lack of dental access for the poor is a growing problem in our community.  St Clare Health Mission representatives are working with our community on local and state solutions to this serious problem.

Q.  Does St. Clare provide assistance with medications?


A.  Medication prescriptions written at St. Clare Health Mission can be filled for free at our on site pharmacy for those unable to afford medications. 


Patients will be assisted in completing applications for free medicine from pharmaceutical companies.  Income documentation may be requested.  St. Clare Health Mission does not fill medications requested from outside the St. Clare Health Mission.


Q.  Does St. Clare Health Mission prescribe narcotics?


A.  St. Clare Health Mission is a narcotic free zone and DOES NOT prescribe or fill narcotic prescriptions or any controlled substance.  


Q.  Do patients need to provide income documentation?


A.  Various types of income documentation are required by pharmaceutical companies.  To receive assistance with medications we request that patients bring their last two pay stubs and/or a copy of their most recent tax forms.  If there is no employment income or taxes are not filed other types of documentation are accepted including Social Security income, unemployment check stubs, food share benefits etc.  If there has been a filing for disability or medical assistance proof of filing or denial is accepted.



ST CLARE HEALTH MISSION FREE CLINIC


As COVID-19 concerns heighten, St. Clare Health Mission will temporarily limit our Tuesday and Thursday walk-in clinics primarily to tele-health, prescription refills and emergency dental vouchers. We are still seeing patients as deemed necessary by our volunteer clinicians. We are accepting new patients as well.

This change is necessary to ensure the safety of our patients, volunteers, volunteer health care providers and staff. In addition, we are implementing a plan to ensure we can provide chronically ill patients with needed medications and care. Persons who have recently found themselves with limited pay, a loss of insurance, or an inability to afford needed medications are encouraged to visit during clinic hours or to call the clinic at 608-519-4633.   



COVID-19 UPDATE



PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE


We continue to play an essential role in providing critical healthcare services to underserved and uninsured community members - community members that will become even more isolated as the COVID-19 virus spreads. It is part of our mission to adapt to community needs. We have been providing care to the uninsured, underinsured and marginalized populations for over 26 years. We continue to monitor the latest updates and provide resources that prepare and support patients through this unprecedented time.  

 

WE ARE NOT A COVID-19 TEST SITE


It is important to note that we are not a COVID-19 test site. Our volunteers are already, at capacity, working with our uninsured clients who primarily come to us for the chronic conditions of diabetes, asthma, COPD, cardiovascular disease, and mental health medications.  If you are experiencing mild symptoms, or concerned about COVID-19, please stay home, and please read on for important information from the CDC. 


WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

 

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Or at least two of the following:


  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell


This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. If you develop any of these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get emergency medical attention immediately:


  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face


If you are experiencing severe respiratory distress or have a medical emergency, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911. 
 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF GETTING COVID-19?


Follow CDC guidelines for prevention, which include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough

 

It began as a vision...


In 1992 representative of health and social service organizations, throughout the community, began a collaborative effort to address health care access for the poor and uninsured. A unique and innovative program emerged.



Volunteer healthcare providers from the community would join together several times per week to provide free healthcare to those who had gone without due to a lack of financial resources. 


In the past 26 years, volunteers have served over 18,000 people in over 80,000 visits to the clinic, treating health conditions ranging from coughs to cancer.

"Instead of putting a bandage on my wound they healed it.  Instead of covering it up, they helped me with what I needed to make it better."

                                                       -St. Clare Health Mission patient


St. Clare Health Mission, started by Sr. Leclare Beres, FSPA, is named for Clare of Assisi, a contemporary of Saint Francis, who renounced all of her possessions - even giving away her shoes - as she devoted her life to the care of the poor. 


The term "health mission" describes not only the program, but the motivation which guides it.  


Those participating in this initiative share a belief that, regardless of financial status, ethnicity or religious belief, health care is a basic human right and that we all share in the benefits of caring for our neighbors.

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 The power of volunteers...


The Volunteer Staff includes: 

physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, social workers, lab technicians and numerous support personnel - all giving their time and talents to serve others.

     

Board certified Specialists in the areas of Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Pulmonary Medicine Rheumatology, and are available for scheduled patient appointments.


St. Clare Health Mission is operated with the support and involvement of interested individuals, health and social service agencies through the La Crosse area.


Organizational Vision:

Everyone in our community has access to needed medical care.


Organizational Mission:

  • Create access to health care for those who would otherwise find such services economically inaccessible.
  • Create opportunities for medical providers to enjoy the intrinsic rewards associated with volunteer service.
  • Create opportunities for students in healthcare to understand the impact that poverty has on health and well being.


Organizational Values:

  • We strive to provide the highest standard of healthcare to our patients.
  • We commit to use and manage our resources wisely.
  • We aim to be good collaborative partners and teammates within the area healthcare systems.
  • We respect, acknowledge, and appreciate the important contributions made by our volunteers and donors.
  • We strive not to duplicate services available elsewhere.
  • We will work to respond to evolving community healthcare needs, as resources are available.

Community Health Workers

St. Clare Health Mission Community Healthworkers

The roles and activities of community health workers (CHWs) are tailored to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.

CHWs hold the following roles:

  • Creating connections between vulnerable populations and healthcare systems
  • Facilitating healthcare and social service system navigation
  • Managing care and care transitions for vulnerable populations
  • Reducing social isolation among patient populations
  • Determining eligibility and enrolling individuals into health insurance plans
  • Ensuring cultural competence among healthcare professionals serving vulnerable populations
  • Educating health system providers and stakeholders about community health needs
  • Providing culturally appropriate health education on topics related to chronic disease prevention, physical activity and nutrition
  • Advocating for underserved individuals to receive appropriate services
  • Collecting data and relaying information to policymakers to inform policy change and development
  • Providing informal counseling, health screenings, and referrals
  • Building capacity to address health issues


CHWs promote access to services, provide health education, support care delivery, and promote advocacy. Services provided through the program, are as follows:

    • Advocacy
    • Outreach and enrollment
    • Navigation
    • Education
    • Health services
    • Social-emotional support


    If you would like to meet with a Community Health Worker, please contact Ebony at (608) 519-4623.

    Volunteer with St. Clare Health Mission 

    The power of volunteers to care for the health of our community


    We are always looking for more service oriented professional medical volunteers. If that sounds like you, please fill out our application linked below or stop by to pick up a paper application. Please call us with any questions you may have. The next step will be to set up a brief tour of the clinic.


     The Volunteer Staff includes: 

     physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physical therapists, social workers, lab technicians and numerous   support personnel - all giving their time and talents to serve others.


    Board certified Specialists in the areas of Cardiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Pulmonary Medicine Rheumatology, and are available for scheduled patient appointments. 



    Thank you for all that you do!  You touch many lives through giving your time and talents


           Donate

    Learn More call Jason Larsen, our executive director, (608) 519-4633.


    Checks may be written out to "St. Clare Health Mission" and mailed to our address:

    916 Ferry Street,

    La Crosse, WI 54601.


    Credit card donations, please click on the "Donate" button below and follow the prompts. Please fill in the mailing address so we can send our thanks.


    Thank you for your support!

    St. Clare Health Mission operates through the generosity of community members, like you. 

    Many lives have been touched through the generosity of our donors. 


    Since the clinics inception in 1993, donations to the clinic have enabled the Mission to provide medical care and medications to 18,000+ patients who would have gone without care.  


     





    St. Clare Health Mission

    Main Clinic: (608) 519-4633  

    Pharmacy: (608) 519-4621

    Community Health Worker: (608) 519-4623   

    Fax: (608) 519-4612