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Caring for the Underserved in Berks County

Awards
2002: WGAL-TV Community Impact Award
2008: GlaxoSmith Kline IMPACT Award
2016: Berks County Medical Society's R. William
Alexander, MD, Community Service Award
2016: American Red Cross/Berks County Medical
Heroes Award

Financial Information
The Clinic's annual budget is approximately $65,000, with
the bulk of these expenses allocated for salaries for two parttime
staff members (62%), as well as for medical liability for retired
providers and standard business insurance coverage (12%). An
annual expense that may vary widely, but is usually about 5%, is
our cost for filling the first new prescription for every patient if he/
she uses a nearby pharmacy.
Western Berks Free Medical Clinic does not receive any
funding from the government or insurance company. All of our
expenses, which are prudently planned and monitored, must be
covered through grants, donations, and in-kind contributions.
Our board-level Grants Committee seeks funds year-round from
foundations, corporations, faith-based organizations, groups,
and individuals. Many repeat donors provide clinical and office
supplies from our "wish list."
As planned, responsibility for the Clinic soon transitioned to a
separate board of directors with membership by many of the same
individuals originally engaged in establishing the independent
nonprofit entity. Today's board consists of 10 volunteers with
backgrounds in health care, information technology, education,
law, and communications, with one liaison position reserved for
the pastor or designee from St. Daniel's.
Our headquarters are inside St. Daniel's Lutheran Church,
and include two examination rooms, clinical and administrative
office, registration office, and supply area. The church's nave
provides comfortable waiting space. Western Berks operates a
weekly evening Adult Medical Clinic with internists and family
practitioners as providers. Gynecologists began volunteering in
2008 for a monthly evening Women's Clinic. A twice-monthly
Endocrine Clinic staffed by a board-certified endocrinologist
operated from 2013-18.
Patient visits are by appointment only, and, again, are limited
to adults without health coverage no matter the reason.
Total encounters have grown to more than 9,000, with
100-plus volunteers touching patient lives over the past 16
years. Because of the Clinic's proud heritage for providing
compassionate, high quality health care, our current team of 54
volunteers and two part-time staff members remains confident
in our ability to address the ever-changing clinical needs of the
uninsured members of our community. However, we are actively
exploring a broad range of options to improve access to our
services for the large population of uninsured adults who live in or
near the city of Reading.

Mike's Pharmacy in Myerstown processes our hazardous
waste for free, and offers lower costs to the Clinic to fill new
prescriptions for patients who elect to use this pharmacy.
The ongoing support of two major beneficiaries remains
vital. St. Daniel's Lutheran Church has provided WBFMC's
headquarters, complete with utilities, as part of its ministry.
Tower Health's Reading Hospital continues to offer imaging
and laboratory services to help confirm diagnoses and support
treatment plans as its community commitment. Reading Hospital
also arranges sliding-scale specialty care when needed through
its outpatient services clinics, and extends liability coverage for
medical staff members for their volunteer time with WBFMC.

Board of Directors
D. Michael Baxter, MD
Greg Colahan (Vice President)
Jane Coombs
Nipa Doshi, MD (Medical Director)
Karen Krick, RN, BSN, OCN
Cheryl Moody, MSN, RN, CCRNP (Secretary)
William Sheeler (Treasurer)
Loreen Small, RN (President Emeritus)
Bonnie Thomas (St. Daniel's Liaison)
Wendie Waschitsch (President)
Parttime Staff
Stacie Dreibelbis, Administrative Director
Kathryn Heckler, RN, Staff Nurse

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