Mary Pat Corrigan to Lead Health Care Not-For-Profit Serving Jacksonville’s Working Uninsured
Mary Pat Corrigan, a senior leadership professional with more than 20 years of experience in health care and IT, has been named chief executive officer of Volunteers in Medicine at a crucial time in the evolution of health care. The not-for-profit organization runs a health care clinic in downtown Jacksonville that provides integrated physical and behavioral health care to the area’s working uninsured.
“Mary Pat brings her keen leadership and health care expertise to Volunteers in Medicine at a time when there is much confusion in the marketplace about health care reform and the impact of the Affordable Care Act,” explained Leo Alonso, chairman of the board for Volunteers in Medicine. “Even though health insurance is now available to the public through legislation, many under-employed residents still cannot afford to pay for it or are not eligible for it. Our organization is one of the only places they can turn to for regular medical exams and treatment of chronic conditions.”
Corrigan most recently served as a health care management consultant to large health systems across the country designing strategic programs, identifying cost efficiencies and managing complex health system programs. Prior to that, she worked for Baptist Health System in Jacksonville for 11 years where she led the implementation of one of the first Electronic Medical Records systems in the United States and served as program manager for the creation and opening of Baptist South Hospital.
Her vision for Volunteers in Medicine is to educate the public and small businesses about its services and the crucial role it plays in the wellbeing of Jacksonville’s residents. In addition, Corrigan will spearhead a fundraising campaign to raise money for the organization to maximize direct services available and expand clinic operations.
Twenty-three percent of the adults in Duval County are uninsured, so it is estimated there are more than 100,000 working uninsured in Duval County who can receive preventive medical care (annual physicals, doctor visits) and management of chronic diseases that a general practitioner provides insured patients, as well as dental care. In 2013, the organization cared for more than 1,700 individual patients and has the capacity to serve many more.
“The cost for insurance, even under the Affordable Care Act, can be as much as 25 percent of a person’s income, especially workers in foodservice, retail and temporary service jobs. These also are the same people who cannot afford to spend months wading through rigorous qualifications for assistance and need to have set appointments so their time away from work is minimal,” explained Corrigan.
Volunteers in Medicine serves the uninsured employed, restricting services to individuals who live or work in Duval County, are employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week, and earn approximately $13,000 to $27,000 annually. The services include primary and specialty care, mental health counseling and nutritional counseling, and are provided by volunteer physicians and nurse practitioners from area hospitals including Baptist Health, Mayo Clinic and St. Vincent’s Healthcare.
“There is a real need to provide health care services to those who cannot afford COBRA payments or out-of-pocket costs if insured through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Individuals with hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. need to have regular access to primary care providers,” Corrigan continued. “Volunteers in Medicine’s fundraising campaign this fall will help to keep our much-needed services free to the community and to expand our clinic operations.”
The fundraising campaign, which will include increased community and business outreach, aims to raise $125,000 in 2014. As well, an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $25,000 for any contributions made by new donors to Volunteers in Medicine by Sept. 15, 2014. Contributions can be made on the website at www.vim-jax.org under the Donations tab, or by contacting the organization at (904) 399-2766, ext. 123.
Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville
Founded in 2003, Volunteers in Medicine provides free primary and specialty health care for the working poor uninsured in Duval County. In the past decade, the not-for-profit organization has served more than 15,000 patients with more than 55,000 appointments through its clinic in downtown Jacksonville at 41 East Duval Street. Volunteer nurse practitioners and physicians from all major hospitals in Jacksonville provide care. For more information, visit www.vim-jax.org or call (904) 399-2766.