The month of May has five Sundays and, as is our tradition, the Social Action Committee has selected a local charity to receive a special collection during this month. The committee has selected Broad Street Clinic as the May recipient.
The Clinic was founded in 1993 by local physicians and concerned citizens. It is staffed by 12 paid employees and 60+ volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners/physician’s assistants, nurses, pharmacists, pharmacy techs and front desk workers. Martha Kenworthy and Barb Thomas are two of those many volunteers. The Clinic provides medical check-ups and medications to patients throughout the area who are low income, uninsured, do not qualify for Medicaid and have chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, COPD and hypertension. They also provide equipment like blood pressure monitors and glucometers. The clinic serves over 850 patients and fills over 22,000 prescriptions per year.
Broad Street receives no federal or state funding. They do apply for grants but grant money can only be used for such things as diabetic workshops, blood pressure monitors and other equipment. Carteret Healthcare supplies $50,000 per year in medications and pharmaceutical companies supply some medications for qualified patients. However, the money for overhead expenses such as rent, utilities, payroll, and supplies, which total over $16,000 per month must be raised from other resources.
During the pandemic, Broad Street Clinic has kept its doors open but has modified their procedures. Many patients talk to the providers over the phone. If a patient needs to be seen, they are given an appointment (before it was first come, first served) and are pre-screened for COVID over the phone and then again when they reach the door. Appropriate PPE is available and cleaning procedures are followed — the clinic has continued to meet the needs of the patients.
Broad Street Clinic applied to be a COVID vaccination location and has served the entire community, administering vaccines. Clinic volunteers have also worked at the K-Mart mass vaccination site.
During the month of May, please donate as you can to help us support this very worthy and needed organization. You can donate in the usual ways: mail a check to UCF Treasurer at PO Box 425, Morehead City, 28557 (put 5th Sunday in the memo line); call Dave Hughes and make arrangements for credit card payment; or use the “Donate” button on the bottom of the pages of our website (https://www.ucfnc.org/) and select “5th Sunday”. Thank you in advance for your donations.