Area residents and businesses will have the opportunity to support Faith Community Health (FCH) by contributing during its second annual radiothon fundraiser Dec. 1. The radiothon will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday on KRZK radio, 106.3 FM, courtesy of Earls Family Broadcasting.
FCH clinic provides affordable health care for workers and residents who are uninsured or underinsured in Taney and Stone counties. “Because of the seasonal tourism base of our local economy, many hospitality and service workers and their families qualify for our care,” said Kenn Tilus, FCH executive director. “These hard-working people hold jobs and have income, but lack resources for medical expenses. We provide timely medical care and medications for our patients to help them keep from getting sicker, missing work and having major medical bills later.”
The faith-based, nonprofit clinic opened in March 2010 with a multidisciplinary approach to patient treatment by providing medical, dental, optical, dispensary and mental health services. According to Tilus, a patient visit costs the clinic about $110. He said, “About one-third of our revenue is from patient fees and another one-third is from foundation grants. The last one-third comes from our community members and organizations who donate.” Tilus said the clinic is asking area residents and organizations to help underwrite the patient visits by contributing $40. “We are grateful for any amount our supporters contribute, but a $40 donation is a tangible way to assist with the cost of one patient’s visit,” he said. FCH will serve about 2,500 medical patient visits in 2016.
- Text donations can be made to 855-945-0909.
- Call 844-623-2484 to make a pledge.