Background

MISSION

The mission of the Trinity Free Clinic is to provide quality free medical, dental, and health services with dignity and respect to the uninsured, underinsured, and low income residents of Hamilton County through a professional and dedicated staff and volunteers. 

One of life’s greatest gifts is to give of one’s self, so that you might help another.

We hope to accomplish this by:

  • Intentionally showing patients and volunteers the same dignity and respect as would be expected in any for-profit medical institution
  • Responding to the medical and dental needs of our community members who are uninsured or underinsured
  • Linking patients with needed community resources through social services
  • Providing health education

The volunteers of Trinity Free Clinic, through the charitable use of our gifts and talents, aspire to follow the example of Christ and teach and heal the mind, body and spirit of our brothers and sisters.

Impact

In 2016, Trinity Free Clinic provided:

•  6,372 patient visits to 3,986 patients
•  14,782 volunteer hours of service
•  $1,419,937.50 in medical and dental services provided to patients at no
   cost to them or the community

Who do we serve?

•  Seniors with Medicare who cannot afford to pay for the dental plan
•  Patients eligible for HIP (Healthy Indiana Plan) who cannot find a provider in the county due to the low HIP reimbursement rates or who see patients during evening hours.  Many of our patients are hourly workers and cannot afford to miss work.
•  Patients with Marketplace insurance who cannot afford their deductibles
•  Patients who cannot afford insurance
•  Patients between jobs and currently without insurance
•  Patients do not qualify for any type of aid, such as refugees under asylum.

Families in Crisis

In Hamilton County, only about half of all families have an annual income  that the United Way of Central Indiana would consider adequate for self-sufficiency.  In order to thrive, a family of 4 needs an income of  $83,260 or more.

21% of Hamilton County households have an income that is barely enough for basic survival, around $59,212.

The average Trinity Free Clinic patient comes from a family of 4 with an income of only $25,429, only 31% of what they need to thrive and less than half needed for basic survival.  A medical or dental emergency for our patients can lead to financial ruin.

Lower middle class patients who have Marketplace insurance can expect to spend up to 32% of their annual income on healthcare costs if any member of their family has a medical need or emergency.  

Could your family afford it?

BACKGROUND

The Trinity Free Clinic was established in October 2000 as an outreach ministry of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church using the school nurse’s office and library for the clinic. In 2002, the clinic moved to the former OLMC convent at 146th Street and Oak Ridge Road to meet the growing needs of our patients. In 2011, the clinic moved to the new Matthew 25 Center on the campus of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

In 2000, the clinic filed for 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service. This status was granted in late 2000, with permanent status granted in 2005. Trinity Free Clinic is a separate entity incorporated by the Indiana Secretary of State.

If you would like more information about clinic operations, please take a moment to view a presentation about the Trinity Free Clinic or review a snapshot of clinic operations by the numbers.