In a partnership with HealthLinc, the Health and Wellness Center at Indiana University South Bend will be expanded to provide medical and dental care to community residents, in addition to students, faculty and staff.
HealthLinc recently received a $1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to operate a medical and dental center on the IU South Bend campus. HealthLinc is a federally qualified health center based in Valparaiso with offices in Mishawaka, Knox, Michigan City and East Chicago.
“The partnership with HealthLinc is a perfect match for the mission and vision of IU South Bend, combining high academic quality and community engagement” said IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison. “Together we can expand educational opportunities in health care while providing low-cost, high quality care for those most in need.”
“Having a HealthLinc clinic on campus will provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities for our faculty and students,” said Dean of the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences Mario Ortiz. “Students and faculty in dental hygiene, nursing, radiography, clinical lab sciences, and in other health professions will have expanded opportunities to work directly with patients, increasing IU South Bend’s ability to attract and graduate students in professional areas with critical needs. The faculty and staff of the Dwyer College are eager to expand our services in preventive and basic health care so that we can serve an even greater number in the region.”
“We look forward to our partnership with IU South Bend, as their vision of a healthier community is one we share and embrace,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc.
The new medical center will provide care for people with public, private or no health insurance and offer externships and hands-on experience for Health Science students at IU South Bend. The dental clinic will expand on IU South Bend’s current dental education program.
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., wrote a letter of support for the grant. “This is wonderful news for the residents of South Bend, he said. “Unfortunately, many people in the neighborhoods near IU South Bend do not have convenient access to primary or preventative health care.”
The grant will help the IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center relocate to Riverside Hall on campus which will be expanded and renovated to accommodate the increased number of staff and clients. A recent gift from the Vera Z. Dwyer Charitable Trust included $1 million for renovation of the Health and Wellness Center with a $1 million match campaign to encourage community members to participate in the project.
Riverside Hall is currently vacant. Previously it housed the dental hygiene program at IU South Bend which has since moved to new offices in the Education and Arts Building.