Valparaiso-based HealthLinc is taking over operations of the Community Health Center and Community Dental Clinic at 400 Teegarden St. La Porte in early September.
La Porte Hospital and La Porte Physician Network, which was running the facility, recently announced it was donating the clinics to HealthLinc. Hospital officials said in a statement the arrangement with HealthLinc will increase the services available at the clinics and provide comprehensive care to underserved communities.
The medical team and employees of the clinic will remain in place to provide services, hospital officials said. All current patients will have the opportunity to continue receiving their dental, primary care and women’s care at this location.
“HealthLinc operates many community health centers in Northern Indiana and has an outstanding model for providing outpatient medical, dental, and integrated behavioral health to those with little to no health insurance,” said Ashley Dickinson, CEO La Porte Hospital. “We remain focused on the health and wellness of area residents and are excited that this relationship will expand local access.”
She said donating the Community Health Center, including dental services, to HealthLinc will lead to more services provided in La Porte including behavioral health.
“This collaboration with La Porte Hospital will expand our presence in LaPorte County and provide a patient-centered medical home to those residents that are uninsured or underserved including Medicaid and Medicare recipients and those with high-deductible commercial insurance,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc.
In addition to the donation from La Porte Hospital, HealthLinc received a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte to support expanded hours and additional services.
HealthLinc operates 10 clinics and two telehealth clinics across Northern Indiana.