HealthNet of Rock County Gifted Medical Building from Local Credit Union

Janesville, Wis. – February 19, 2019 – Blackhawk Community Credit Union announced today the organization’s intent to gift its administrative building zoned as a medical facility at 2707 Kennedy Road in Janesville to HealthNet of Rock County, the state’s largest of 99 charitable clinics. HealthNet is Rock County’s only free and charitable clinic, giving away prescriptions annually worth $1.5MM and staffed with volunteer physicians, nurses, and dentists, as well as 21 employees serving 6,400 patients.

The gift will coincide with the planned opening in 2021 of the credit union’s Legacy Center and new headquarters as part of Reflections Plaza along the eastern bank of Rock River in downtown Janesville. HealthNet of Rock County’s medical and dental clinics are outgrowing its current two locations in Janesville: 23 W. Milwaukee Street and 1344 Creston Park Drive, Suite 2.  

“We are incredibly appreciative of this gift from Blackhawk Community Credit Union. The building sits on a bus route, has plenty of parking and wheelchair access,” stated HealthNet CEO Ian Hedges. “HealthNet’s mission to provide access to healthcare to those most vulnerable in our community pairs well with Blackhawk Community Credit Union’s vision of giving back to its members and the community.”

“The Blackhawk Community Credit Union board of directors was emotional about the donation of our Kennedy Road office. Everyone had a story about how HealthNet has helped people they know. We were privileged to use this building as a resource for a lot of years. We had a choice to sell or to seize the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way,” said Sherri Stumpf, CEO and president. “It was an easy decision because we prioritize the connection between physical health and financial health. We are extending our plans for healthy living in our new headquarters. A financial counselor, a nutritionist, yoga and wellness initiatives will be available for employees and members.” 

HealthNet of Rock County’s move is part of the realization of its five-year strategic plan released in 2018 which calls for the expansion of services related to behavioral health and to select alternative locations that meet the needs of the organization’s patients.

Hedges stated, “This location is intended to create a healthcare one-stop shop for our patients, while allowing us to begin addressing the behavioral health care needs of those most vulnerable. It is in line with the expansion of our medical and dental programs that are making a significant impact in the lives of our patients and their families.”  

In 2016, HealthNet of Rock County expanded its dental program by serving those who were on Medicaid and BadgerCare and those who obtain their medical care through the Veteran’s Administration. This required an expansion of its dental clinic and the hiring of a dentist. Shortly after, HealthNet of Rock County’s medical clinic began an integrated depression and anxiety treatment program and an intensive diabetes education and treatment program.

“This move will be significant to Janesville and to Rock County by helping to ensure that we are not leaving anyone behind during this time of economic growth in our communities,” noted Hedges.

City Manager of Janesville, Mark Freitag, stated, “The City of Janesville is pleased to learn about Blackhawk Community Credit Union and HealthNet’s new partnership. BHCCU continues to set the example as a great community leader by supporting HealthNet’s vital services to our residents in need as well as its commitment to the revitalization of Janesville. With BHCCU, we are proud to help make the Legacy Center and Reflections Plaza project come to life.”

While HealthNet has expanded its treatment options over the last four years, Hedges acknowledges that a capital campaign is the lynchpin to make this center an optimal space for its patients.

“Building a modernized multi-purpose clinic with the ability to host families or large groups for treatment will require remodeling and a significant investment from the community,” says Hedges. HealthNet hopes to announce the start of its capital campaign by second quarter of 2019.

About HealthNet of Rock County

HealthNet of Rock County is a free and charitable clinic providing medical, dental, and vision care to the uninsured and underinsured in Rock County. The clinic operates a dental clinic that serves low-income patients who utilize BadgerCare and who have their medical care through the Veteran’s Administration. More information about the organization can be found at www.healthnet-rock.org.

About Blackhawk Community Credit Union (BHCCU)

Blackhawk  Community Credit  Union has over $600  million in assets and  over 50,000 members. Membership  is open to those working and living in Rock, Dane, Jefferson, Walworth, Green, Kenosha, Racine, Waukesha and  Milwaukee counties of Wisconsin and Winnebago, Boone, McHenry and Lake Counties of Illinois. Products and services  include savings, checking, certificates and credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, and home equity loans. Investment services are also available.  More information can be found at https://www.bhccu.org.  

For information, contact:

Kellee Johnson (303) 884-3434 kjohnson@ballastgroup.com  

HealthNet Dental Clinic begins accepting BadgerCare patients

HealthNet of Rock County announced on Wednesday that its dental clinic will start accepting patients using BadgerCare on July 5, 2015. HealthNet of Rock County’s Executive Director Ian Hedges announced the changes to the organization’s dental clinic volunteer providers and the staff on Tuesday night.

HealthNet of Rock County’s Executive Director Ian Hedges said it was apparent that the organization needed to make the change. “We receive probably 10 calls a day from patients who use BadgerCare who are trying to find dental care. The board of directors and staff felt this is a step in the right direction because ultimately we are responding to a need of great importance to the community.”

Rock County has more than 27,000 individuals who are enrolled in BadgerCare or medical assistance programs. A report on oral health released by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in 2010 stated that only 25 percent of patients who have BadgerCare were able to see a dentist.  The need for dental care is also reflected in the 2014 Rock County Health Needs Assessment, which identified under-utilization of dental health services as one of the most significant health risks to Rock County residents.

According to Hedges, fundraising and grants will still be needed to sustain its dental clinic. Hedges says, “Reimbursements from the state do not come anywhere close to covering the costs of operating a dental clinic.” Hedges cites a study by the American Dental Association (“A Ten-Year, State-by-State, Analysis of Medicaid Fee-for-Service Reimbursement Rates for Dental Care Services”) as to why many BadgerCare patients are not seen in Wisconsin. The study concluded that Wisconsin has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates for dental care in the nation.

For the first time since the dental clinic’s opening in 2007, HealthNet of Rock County will be opened five days a week. The organization has also hired a dentist, Dr. Zach Gregerson, to serve patients on BadgerCare for three days a week.  HealthNet will continue to see patients who are uninsured two days a week. Patients who are interested in enrolling in the service should call 608-314-1940.

HealthNet of Rock County is a volunteer-based clinic, offering free primary medical, dental, and vision services to Rock County residents who are uninsured, underinsured and low income. For more information on HealthNet of Rock County, visit the clinic’s website at www.healthnet-rock.org.

 

CVS Health Foundation makes an investment in Rock County

Grant will provide more access to health care and improve patient outcomes in Rock County

JANESVILLE, WI – HealthNet of Rock County today announced it has received a grant from the CVS Health Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC). The grant has been awarded as part of the CVS Health Foundation’s commitment to address the need for more accessible, coordinated health care in our local communities. The grant will help HealthNet of Rock County support its case management services that help patients navigate the complex health care system.

“Support from the CVS Health Foundation will help us in our continued effort to reduce overall health care costs for our local health systems and improve patient care outcomes for those in our local community,” said Ian Hedges, Executive Director for HealthNet of Rock County. “We are honored to receive this grant which will help ensure that we can support patients in Rock County who are looking for affordable healthcare.”

Grants awarded to free clinics nationwide in partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics have allowed organizations to increase operating hours and the number of patient visits, resulting in a decrease in the number of emergency room visits and improved patient compliance.“Through our multi-year partnership with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’ve seen firsthand the impact that free clinics have on the health and well-being of their local communities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Health Foundation. “We’re honored to support HealthNet of Rock County and the work they do to provide patients in Rock County access to the health services they need to lead healthier lives.”

The free clinic grants are part of the CVS Health Foundation’s $5 million, multi-year commitment to supporting community health and expanding access to quality health care nationwide through partnerships with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics and the National Association of Community Health Centers.
HealthNet of Rock County is a volunteer-based clinic, offering free primary medical, dental, and vision services to Rock County residents who are uninsured and low income. For more information on HealthNet of Rock County, visit the clinic’s website at www.healthnet-rock.org.

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4th Annual Night of Fright to benefit Rock County uninsured

HealthNet of Rock County will be hosting its 4th Annual Night of Fright on October 30, 2015 from 7 PM until 11 PM at the The Armory in Janesville. This is the organization’s special fall event which helps fundraise for healthcare services provided to low-income, uninsured Rock County residents. This year’s event is a costume party for adults, and the purchase of a ticket includes two drinks tickets, appetizers, a photo booth, and live music from The Gary Band.

HealthNet of Rock County’s Executive Director, Ian Hedges, said, “We like hosting Night of Fright for the community because it is the premier party for Halloween in Janesville and it is a way for community members to give back during the season.”

According to a recent survey by Enroll America, as many as 11 percent of Rock County residents are uninsured, while many remain underinsured in the county. HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. provides free medical and dental care to low-income and uninsured residents of Rock County.

Tickets for the event are 45 dollars each, and 80 dollars for couples.  Cash prizes will be given for individuals and groups with the best costumes. To purchase a ticket, please call 608-314-1921 or visit www.healthnet-rock.org/event/nof.

Hedges also notes that he expects the event will have record turn out this year. “Many people are excited about the Armory, and I think people are excited to learn more about HealthNet as health care issues have taken spotlight over the last couple years. Without hesitation, we had businesses like Data Dimensions and Blackhawk Community Credit Union step up and contribute to the event.”

For more information about the event or the clinic, please visit www.healthnet-rock.org.

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