With 30 percent of Indiana’s population living in rural areas, a private medical center in Bloomington expands to Greene County. Helping the under-served population is an important portion of their mission.
Fred Price, the CEO of Monroe Hospital, says one of the trademarks of the facility is to get patients in quickly and also seek additional opportunities to assist patients with preventive care. “Where is the need?” asks Price, who says that many people do qualify for assistance at the federal and state level, but they just don’t have the road map to get there. Price points out that some people, who come in many times, show up at the emergency room for what a primary care physician could have assisted with.
“Assisting patients and providing services from Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) to Medicare, or Medicaid many options are available,” says Price. “If residents in our community need assistance and are without health care, there is a facility that can help.” Monroe Hospital is looking to participate more and more with Volunteers in Medicine because they think it’s really important to the community.
Building relationships between primary care physicians and patients is important for the future of health care reform. “I think the philosophy of our health care system is improving access, making sure that patients have a provider that they can have a personal relationship with.”
Price also finds this factor important for patients to find a physician that fits their needs, and also assisting with preventing terminal illness. “Before we see them in our emergency department or before their illness gets to a point to where it gets out of control, that’s what we want to avoid.”