Friday, July 15, 2011

New health option for uninsured women

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM

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  • Walt Stoneburner

There will soon be a new option for uninsured women in Colorado Springs.

Dream Centers of Colorado Springs will serve the health needs of women who lack insurance at its new local clinic, which opens Aug. 1 at 4360 Montebello Drive. A celebration will be held at the clinic the day before, for those who want to learn more.

The Dream Center is a nonprofit operation, with ties to the faith community. The Dream Center model started in 1994 with the opening of the first center in Los Angeles. The L.A. program now serves over 40,000 people each month.

According to the L.A. Web site:

Services and programs offered include residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults,a shelter for victims of human trafficking, a transitional shelter for homeless families, mobile hunger relief and medical programs, and a foster care intervention outreach that works closely with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services to keep families intact by delivering the required furnishings, clothing and food to assure that their homes meet DCFS standards. Educational development programs such as adult basic education, job skills training and life skills counseling to homeless families and individuals continue to establish The Dream Center as a vital community development resource.

Since that first Dream Center opened, more than 100 affiliate centers have opened nationally and internationally. The Dream Center model has always been based in the Christian faith, and that's true in Colorado Springs as well.

Here's what you need to know about the new center:

Dream Centers of Colorado Springs to host grand opening celebration for new women’s clinic

Dream Centers of Colorado Springs will be hosting a community-wide celebration in honor of the opening of its’ new women’s clinic. This public reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31 in the parking lot outside the clinic, which is located at 4360 Montebello Drive, one block north of Austin Bluffs.

The DCCS Women’s Clinic will offer free primary health care to uninsured women aged 18 to 65, including diagnosis and treatment of respiratory illnesses, diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease, cholesterol and triglyceride testing and well-woman exams.

The clinic is staffed by a physician assistant and is served by a number of medical volunteers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and medical assistants. Regular clinic hours begin August 1 and the clinic will be open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The grand opening celebration is an opportunity for the community members to learn more about Dreams Centers of Colorado Springs, see the clinic first-hand, meet the staff and volunteers and get information on what services will be provided.

The DCCS Women’s Clinic is the first project of the Dream Centers of Colorado Springs, collaboration between faith-based organizations, businesses and community service agencies that will provide health and wellness assistance to the people of Colorado Springs.

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