Health Part­ners cel­e­brates 25 years of ser­vice

Non­profit pro­vides health care to thou­sands in area

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­

“The Clinic that God built” has changed peo­ple’s lives from the youngest to the old­est, and on Sept. 22 Health Part­ners is poised to cel­e­brate its 25th an­niver­sary.

Health Part­ners is a char­i­ta­ble clinic ded­i­cated to help­ing fam­i­lies within the com­mu­nity, serv­ing Charles County and the sur­round­ing area. It was started un­der the aus­pices of the Catholic Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and it came into

ex­is­tence in 1992 when nuns Michaeleen and Gla­dys Marie, of the Sis­ters of the Holy Cross, learned of sick chil­dren de­prived of the nec­es­sary health­care be­cause of a lack of money and trans­porta­tion.

The work that was started by the two pi­o­neers has blos­somed into a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that as­sists thou­sands of res­i­dents liv­ing in Charles County.

Today, with more than 2,000 vol­un­teers to in­clude doc­tors, nurses, den­tists, phar­ma­cists, di­eti­tians as well as other pro­fes­sion­als and non-pro­fes­sion­als who give their time and tal­ents to the clinic and its pa­tients, they have made Health Part­ners what it is today.

“We have evolved from where we started … peo­ple get help no mat­ter what,” said Chrisie Mulc­a­hey, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Health Part­ners.

“I am cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to see­ing the build­ings and how things have evolved since I was last in Wal­dorf,” said Michaeleen,

one of the found­ing mem­bers of Health Part­ners.

Both of the found­ing mem­bers of the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be in at­ten­dance for the gala event. This years an­niver­sary will be cel­e­brated with an old tra­di­tion called “celebrity bak­ers.”

“Celebrity bak­ers raise money to­ward get­ting a cake, then you get the op­por­tu­nity to make the cake. Par­tic­i­pants are wel­comed,” Mulc­a­hey said. “Those who en­ter will com­pete for a chance to be rec­og­nized as Health Part­ners Celebrity Bak­ers of 2017.”

This years gala will fea­ture a dessert feast along with entertainment, din­ner, live and silent auc­tions, and a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion from the Health Part­ners founders.

“Those who have helped us through the or­ga­ni­za­tion, those who have ben­e­fited from this pro­gram and in ad­di­tion those who given of their time and tal­ents to help fur­ther the cause of this or­ga­ni­za­tion are also wel­comed,” Mulc­a­hey said.

Today, be­cause of the work that has gone into Health Part­ners, the or­ga­ni­za­tion boasts two lo­ca­tions in Wal­dorf and Nan­je­moy. In Fe­bru­ary, Health Part­ners opened its Nan­je­moy lo­ca­tion.

One of the many ways in which Health Part­ners reaches out to the com­mu­nity is by giv­ing free den­tal clean­ings and ex­trac­tions to the pub­lic at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. This is made pos­si­ble through grants the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceives.

“We have been able to get out into the com­mu­nity and do re­ally good den­tistry work on peo­ple who would have oth­er­wise gone with­out get­ting this help,” said Mulc­a­hey. “We have ex­trac­tions, fill­ings, clean­ings, X-rays right there at the site and it was all free.”

“Health part­ners take Medi­care and Med­i­caid and if you don’t have any in­sur­ance you’re wel­come to come in as well,” Mulc­a­hey said. “And we also of­fer an­other den­tistry ap­point­ment at re­duce cost.”

Health Part­ners 25th an­niver­sary will take place on Sept. 22 at the Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees Hall and the pro­gram is set to start 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. For ticket in­for­ma­tion, call 301-645-3556.

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