Trinity Health Center, Inc. Hires Kimberly Remak to Serve as Executive Director of Newly Formed Nonprofit
DeSoto County Clinic for working uninsured / underinsured, opening Spring 2020, hires Executive Director
Tucked behind a bustling Goodman Road in Horn Lake, you will soon find a center becoming a beacon of hope and healing for thousands in DeSoto County when it opens Spring 2020. Trinity Health Center will provide high quality, cost effective, compassionate primary healthcare to the working underserved / underinsured of DeSoto County.
Trinity Health Center will be housed in the DeSoto County Dream Center, a 17,300 square foot building which formerly housed Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson. The DeSoto County Dream Center will serve as a resource center focused on finding solutions to healthcare, hunger, and lack of education through community outreach programs including Trinity Health Center.
At the helm of the 501c3 nonprofit, Kimberly Remak will serve as Executive Director and Trinity Health Center hopes to hire or recruit volunteers for a medical director, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, medical assistant, social worker, receptionist, and administrative assistant in the near future. Remak’s tenure in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors will lead Trinity Health Center’s impact in our community. As former founder of the Arc Northwest Mississippi, a nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Remak is no stranger to helping those across the region.
Trinity Health Center is collaborating with local church and community leaders and will be modeled after Church Health, the largest charitable clinic in the country serving over 50,000 working uninsured individuals with primary care, wellness and education. Part of Church Health’s mission is to assist others in creating and expanding ministries of their own. Trinity Health Center will work with Church Health’s replication arm, ECHO (Empowering Church Health Outreach) for assistance and will become a member of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and the Christian Community Health Fellowship to tap into the knowledge base of their members.
This new organization was supported in partnership between Brown Missionary Baptist Church and Life Fellowship Church along with other community partners to be a holistic approach to hope and healing across DeSoto County. According to the US Census Bureau’s 2016 Population Survey, 20% of Mississippians were without any form of health insurance. DeSoto County’s uninsured rate is roughly 17% (29,750).The lack of health insurance falls disproportionately to minorities, those without a college education, and those earning less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Line. Remak says the clinic is intended to provide primary care to a population that often relies on the emergency room. When you’re making choices between food, shelter, transportation and heat – Remak says routine healthcare is not always a priority.
The cost of healthcare or absence of health insurance contributes greatly to the ability of low-income DeSoto County residents to access care. Out-of-pocket costs associated with health care deductibles, copays, prescriptions, and other costs inhibit residents from accessing care when they need it. 19% (33,250) of adults in DeSoto County consider cost a barrier to accessing care and acknowledge that they have not received care because they could not afford it. Trinity Health Center plans to become the medical home for many of these individuals.
The lack of available and affordable primary care access in the existing healthcare safety-net is driving the creation of Trinity Health Center. With almost 30,000 identified uninsured residents, DeSoto County will benefit from a comprehensive health clinic designed to serve those falling through the cracks of our healthcare system.
If you’re interested in donating, volunteering, or providing medical services to Trinity Health Center, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.trinityhealthcenter.org