For the first time this year, the Nucleus Clinic invited the public into its Coon Rapids building for a celebration.
The focus of the April 25 spring wine, salad and chocolate open house and benefit event was bringing in the community members to see the clinic and celebrate the partnerships Nucleus Clinic has with Allina, Anoka County, Health Partners and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, said Becky Fink, executive director.
No tickets were sold nor were donations required, but the event, which included treats, massages and Reiki healing for the nearly 80 people who came, raised $3,000-$4,000 for the clinic.
“Approximately $10,000 has come from our patients alone,” Fink said.
“They appreciate the care that Nucleus gives them and how they are treated.”
The patients have a real sense of commitment to keeping Nucleus running as it is the only clinic of its type from Princeton to St. Paul, Fink said.
All the donations Nucleus receives cover the cost of items the clinic does not have funds for, with the majority of it covering clinic visits, medications, testing and clinic operation costs.
While a grant from Anoka County pays for low income residents from this county, “25 percent of the clinic’s clients are from outside the county,” Fink said.
Nucleus also receives funding for some patient groups from the Minnesota Family Planning Program and the Minnesota Department of Health.
The donations will also help as the clinic moves forward with creating an electronic health record system, which has to be completed by 2014 to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act, Fink said.
This is a really big project how much it will the cost is not known yet, she said.
“We do only paper (files) right now,” Fink said.
This will be a big structural change for the clinic, she said.
Nucleus will also use some of the money to update its website and its brochures.
The brochures will cover body mass index, tobacco use and being more active, Fink said.
These are new areas the clinic needs to cover with its patients under the Affordable Care Act, which is more wellness-oriented, she said.
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