Salvation Army ending clinic

The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Clinic began providing free medical, dental and optometric care for Sheboygan’s uninsured residents in 1992.

Much has changed since the free clinic opened its doors more than 20 years ago, most notably the adoption of the Affordable Care Act and the arrival of the Lakeshore Community Health Center.

As a result, the Red Shield Clinic began to see declining patient numbers, providing less than 600 medical visits in 2015.

In response to this shift, The Salvation Army has announced changes to its operations.

The Red Shield Clinic will no longer offer on-site clinic sessions and direct medical services.

In addition to providing a variety of wellness education and screening opportunities, The Salvation Army will continue to fulfill unmet healthcare needs and is currently working to solidify collaborative arrangements with area agencies, including Lakeshore Community Health Center, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services and New Hope Pregnancy Center.

Since its inception, the program has utilized area doctors and nurses, who generously volunteered their time to care for patients at once or twice weekly clinic sessions. In addition to providing clinical appointments, The Salvation Army program also arranged for follow-up lab work and x-rays when needed and provided medical services including prescriptions, eyeglasses and hearing aids at no cost to the patient.

In 2009, at the height of its services, the Red Shield Clinic served over 1,300 people and provided more than 1,800 medical services.

“In an effort to best meet the needs of the community, while remaining good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us, it is necessary that the Red Shield Clinic and its services evolve. We are steadfast in our commitment to serve our most vulnerable neighbors and to do so in the most efficient manner possible,” shared Lt. Daryl Mangeri, Sheboygan Corps Officer.

“By partnering with area providers, we hope to foster increased access to health services and improved continuity of care, while reducing duplication and redundancy. We truly feel that these changes will allow us to continue doing the most good for those we serve and for those who so generously support The Salvation Army,” Mangeri concluded.

Those with questions about the changes in clinic services are encouraged to call The Salvation Army at (920) 458-3723. Those in need of medical or dental care are asked to call Lakeshore Community Health Center at 920-783-6633.

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