St. Gianna Health Clinic opens doors

By Heather Welch
KINGMAN – The St. Gianna Health Clinic, sponsored by the Respect Life and Social Justice committee at St. Patrick Parish will accept patients for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The clinic is free to those who qualify. The temporary clinic is open from 8 a.m. to noon and is located at 133 East D Ave. in Kingman.
Clinic Director Melissa Riopel said that she has experienced God’s presence through the entire process of establishing the clinic.
“I believe this would not have happened had it not been God’s will,” she said. “Not only do we have a motivated board, but we have the medical volunteers, lay volunteers and donations – some from people we don’t even know – all that has just fallen into place so perfectly. How could it be anything other than from God?”
The clinic is staffed by volunteers and financed by grants and donations. Free or reduced-cost health care is provided to citizens of Kingman County who are uninsured and at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.  Basic health care is provided including: treatment of acute or chronic conditions, follow-up care from emergency room visits, health education to prevent disease, instructive care for chronic conditions and referrals to specialists. 
The clinic will also provide assistance with applications for food stamps, Medicaid, child care assistance, LIEAP, cash assistance, and prescription assistance programs through drug companies.
All potential clients must bring one of the following proofs of income when they visit the clinic; W-2, 30-days pay stubs, letter from unemployment office, or a filed tax return.
The clinic is also currently seeking both medical and non-medical volunteers as well as donations for operating expenses.
“We need to purchase some dental equipment, as we have the dentists, but we need portable equipment to use,” said Riopel. “We also are looking for someone to provide pre-natal and delivery care for pregnant women who are not able to utilize Medicaid.”
For more information on the St. Gianna Health Clinic call Riopel at (620) 491-0085, e-mail melissa@stgiannahealthclinic.org or visit stgiannahealthclinic.org.