Enhancing Health Care Access in Monroe County 

COVID19 Update

Where:

Mayo Clinic Health System

310 West Main Street

Sparta, Wisconsin  54656
Phone: 608-366-5343  (please leave a voice message)

When:

First and third Tuesday evenings of each month
Registration: 5:00-6:30 p.m.

No appointment needed; patients are seen on a first come, first served basis

Who:

Adult residents of Monroe County 18 years of age and older with no public or private medical insurance.  Financial eligibility is reviewed at registration and is based on income and family size.

What:

-  Basic health care treatment for acute and chronic medical problems

-  In-house pharmacy for prescribed medications (no narcotics are prescribed)

-  Referrals to Mayo Clinic Health System or Gundersen Health System specialists if recommended by
   volunteer providers 

-  No services available for mental health counseling, dental care, or vision care

St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County Clinics Open


The free, twice monthly, walk-in medical clinics will resume care on June 16th.

  

Mission Clinic volunteers will follow carefully designed safety precautions for the face-to-face patient visits necessary to protect patients, staff, and volunteers. New and existing St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County patients are welcome and asked to bring their own face mask or cloth covering to the clinic (or one will be provided to you).  

 

Volunteers will monitor entry to the clinic, screen for COVID related symptoms, and discuss clinic safety guidelines including use of masks, social distancing, and visitor policies. Concerns about COVID-19 should not prevent people from getting the health care they need. 

 

Keep yourself healthy – wash your hands, avoid touching your face, distance yourself from others, limit nonessential travel, and practice appropriate self-care, including staying home if you are sick.

ABOUT THE ST. CLARE HEALTH MISSION

The St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County opened in 1996 with the support of Mayo Clinic Health System- Franciscan Healthcare  in La Crosse, Sparta, and Tomah; Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Sparta, and Tomah; Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center in Cashton and Norwalk; and the Monroe County Department of Health and Human Services.
 

The St. Clare Health Mission is staffed entirely by volunteers: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, certified medical assistants, pharmacists, social workers, and clerical personnel.  Spanish speaking interpreters are available when the Health Mission is open.  Monroe County churches and service organizations provide lunches for the volunteers, many of whom arrive after working at their regular jobs.

The St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County is located in the Specialty Services area of Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta at 310 West Main Street, (parking lot entrance off  "L" Street).  The phone number is 608-366-5343.


Services provided by the St. Clare Health Mission are limited to Monroe County adult residents 18 years of age and older with no public or private insurance.  Monroe County residency and financial eligibility are reviewed at registration.  

Prescriptions written by St. Clare Health Mission providers are filled at the Health Mission pharmacy.  Specialized care referrals to Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse and to Gundersen Health System in La Crosse are provided when indicated based on recommendations by Health Mission providers.  The St. Clare Health Mission is not intended to duplicate existing programs.  Those who have access to alternative services should continue to use those services.  The St. Clare Health Mission will work with individuals to identify appropriate health care services. 

 

VOLUNTEER AND DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Every gift given to the St. Clare Health Mission is vital for the health of the communities in Monroe County.  Through generous sharing of time, talents, and financial support, the St. Clare Health Mission provides life-saving care for Monroe County residents 18 years of age and older who have no health insurance and whose financial status prevents them from otherwise seeking medical treatment. 

 

The twice-monthly clinics are staffed by volunteer physicians, physician assistants, nurses, interpreters, pharmacists, and office assistants.  Tax deductible contributions to the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County go directly to provide health care in our community. 

St. Clare Health Mission personnel and volunteers are available to meet with you or your organization to discuss opportunities to volunteer or support the work of the Health Mission.  For more information about volunteer or gift-giving opportunities, please call 608-366-5343 and leave a message.

 We are extremely grateful for the generous in-kind support received from Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System, as well as the many organizations that join with us in enhancing health care access in Monroe County.   Please consider joining these Monroe County donors and volunteers to “enhance health care access in Monroe County.”

The St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County  is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.  Gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

Donations made payable to "St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County" may be sent to:

St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County

310 West Main Street

Sparta, WI  54656

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CARE AT ST. CLARE HEALTH MISSION OF MONROE COUNTY?

Monroe County residents 18 years of age and older who have no health insurance of any kind and are not eligible for any public or private health insurance program may be eligible to receive care.  Financial eligibility (at or below 200% of the federal poverty level) based on income and family size is reviewed at registration.

WHAT INCOME DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED?

Proof of income (e.g., two months of pay stubs, W-2 form, recent tax filing) and financial need should be presented at registration for each visit to determine eligibility.  If there is no employment income or taxes are not filed, provide other forms of documentation such as Social Security income, unemployment, filing for disability or medical assistance, or proof of denial.  Various types of income documentation are also required by pharmaceutical companies.

WHAT DAY AND TIME IS THE HEALTH MISSION OPEN?  DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT?

The Health Mission is open on the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month in the Specialty Services area at Mayo Clinic Health System, 310 West Main Street in Sparta.  Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.  No appointment is necessary.  Patients are seen on a first come, first served basis.

WHAT HEALTH CARE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?

Patients can receive basic health care for acute and chronic medical problems.  Referrals to Mayo Clinic Health System or Gundersen Health System specialists for limited medical treatment can be arranged per the medical director if recommended by a volunteer provider.  Patients also receive information on alternative health care providers or sources of financial assistance for care not provided at the St. Clare Health Mission.

 

HOW DO I RECEIVE ASSISTANCE WITH MEDICATIONS?

Prescriptions for medications prescribed by St. Clare Health Mission providers are filled for free at our onsite pharmacy.  St. Clare Health Mission prescriptions cannot be filled at an outside pharmacy, and prescriptions written by providers outside the Health Mission cannot be filled by the Health Mission.  Patients are assisted in completing applications to obtain free medicine from pharmaceutical companies.  The St. Clare Health Mission is a narcotic-free zone, and does not prescribe or fill any narcotic or controlled substance prescriptions.

HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH SPANISH SPEAKING PATIENTS?

Spanish language interpreters are available any time the Health Mission is open.

DOES THE ST. CLARE HEALTH MISSION PROVIDE DENTAL, VISION, OR MENTAL HEALTH CARE?

Mental health counseling, routine and emergency dental care, and vision care are not provided by the St. Clare Health Mission.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE ST. CLARE HEALTH MISSION OF MONROE COUNTY?

The name "Clare" comes from the Latin word for bright.  In the 16th century, an Italian woman named Clare of Assisi established a contemplative religious order, which came to be known as "The Poor Clares."  St. Clare, who did much of her teaching from a window in the convent wall, was sought out by the sick because of her powers of healing.  Like the "Poor Clares" who were dependent upon alms, the St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County is dependent upon the generosity of volunteers and donors.

 
CONTACT INFORMATION

St. Clare Health Mission of Monroe County

310 West Main Street
Sparta, Wisconsin  54656
U.S.A.

Phone: 608-366-5343

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