As with all of the staff, volunteers and Board members for the Friendship Centers, passion for the community is at the top of the list. As Wayne Mullican shared below,
"The Clinic has pretty much become my passion. I take great pride in helping those in need with dignity and compassionate care. Seeing the care given by our volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses is very gratifying and rewarding. I’m very lucky to be in such esteemed company."
Having people like Wayne involved in the Friendship Centers is one more reason why the organization is able to give so much back to the community.
When I first became involved the Clinic was operating in a former old Baptist church in downtown Naples and it was literally falling down around us. We had to either invest a lot of money to bring it up to proper medical standards or sell it for the value of the land and move elsewhere. Having little left in our endowment, the only choice was to sell.
We now practice in a modern medical suite located on Pine Ridge Road. Last year we had more than 4,000 patient visits!
Most of our patients have chronic ailments that otherwise would not be treated requiring visits to our local hospital ERs at a considerable cost to the community.
Having served on several hospital Boards, I was intrigued by the business model of the Clinic and drawn to helping keep it operating. All medical services, including physicians, dentists, and nurses are provided by retired volunteers. We provide medical care for those who are age 50 and above and whose income falls within 300% of the federal poverty level. Most are uninsured and many are unemployed. We charge a modest fee for services rendered, but it doesn’t begin to pay for the cost of keeping the doors open. And we never turn anyone away.
We have to depend on grants and fund raising to keep the operation a float. And in Naples that is not an easy task as there is so much competition from other charitable organizations.
The Clinic has pretty much become my passion. I take great pride in helping those in need with dignity and compassionate care. Seeing the care given by our volunteer doctors, dentists and nurses is very gratifying and rewarding. I’m very lucky to be in such esteemed company.
Our motto is “people helping people” and that we do very effectively and efficiently.
About Wayne Mullican
Wayne Mullican is a board member for the Friendship Health Clinic, a program of the Friendship Centers located in Naples, Florida. He is a champion at spreading the word having written multiple op-ed pieces for the local newspaper about the clinic’s work. He has also brought numerous visitors through the doors to tour the operation and see firsthand the lives being saved.