Crusader Clinic opens new clinic in Belvidere

Crusader Clinic expanded its clinic operation with the opening of its sixth location, the Crusader Clinic Belvidere, at 1050 Logan Ave. This new Belvidere location is part of a regional plan developed with federal medical expansion funds made available through the Federal Bureau of Primary Health Care.

The clinic, which began offering full-time primary health care on June 1, is staffed by Dr. Therese Lucietto, a Spanish-speaking Crusader Clinic Family Practice physician, certified by the American Board of Family Practice. She will be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Dee, Board Certified Pediatrician, in September 2004 and Dr. Edmund Mertzenich, podiatrist, in August 2004. The clinic offers access to low-cost prescriptions and has a medication assistance program in addition to supportive services and Spanish interpreters. The clinic is raising funds to develop dental care for children at this location in 2005. Services are available on a sliding discount basis for covered services, and Medicaid, Medicare, insurance and private pay are accepted. The clinic hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (815) 547-1930.

In February 2003, Crusader Clinic was invited by the Boone County Health Department (BCHD) to provide part-time medical care at their location. The BCHD conducted a survey of its clients that discovered that 41 percent reported having no health insurance coverage. Of those with insurance, 25 percent reported having insurance for their children only. In addition, nearly 20 percent of clients report having difficulty finding a primary care provider for their child though they have public aid coverage. Julia Norem, RN, MS, director of Nursing Services, BCHD, said: “The need for primary care services for the uninsured and under-insured in this community is significant Now this population can enjoy the same preventative and acute care health services that insured people enjoy.”

Crusader Clinic President and CEO Will Rodgers said: “Our commitment is to collaborate with communities to build a health care system that is patient-centered in all aspects. Access to quality, ongoing primary care for the medically indigent in any community not only reduces the use of emergency health care services, but also leads to improved birth weight rates and improved disease management for conditions such as asthma, diabetes and hypertension. This helps to manage health care costs for everyone.”

The Crusader Clinic Belvidere is leased from A & D Properties. The facility was designed by Gary Anderson, architect, and the general contractor is Schmeling Construction Company. The Crusaders Central Clinic Association is a community-based, not-for-profit Illinois corporation whose mission is to serve the Rock River Valley area with quality, primary health care for people in need. Last year, 36,212 individual patients received Crusader care. In addition to the Crusader Clinic Belvidere, Crusader Clinic operates five other clinics: Crusader Clinic on West State Street, 1200 W. State St.; Crusader Clinic on Broadway, Broadway & 7th, Crusader Clinic at the Winnebago County Health Department, PPP Clinic at Rockford Health System and the Crusader’s Community Clinic of Northwest Illinois at the Stephenson County Health Department, Freeport.

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