IU Health provides free wellness clinic for Muncie IN

Local teachers, public safey workers, others will benefit

By Rick Yencer

Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler / File Photo

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) -  Workplace Health Partners is just one of the ways that will save money and provide wellness under the Affordable Care Act for public employees and teachers in the community.

 IU Health opens the new wellness clinic at 120 N. Tillotson Ave. on Monday for Muncie, Delaware County, Muncie Sanitary District and Center Township employees besides Muncie Community School teachers and staff. The telephone is (765) 747-3888.

 Mayor Dennis Tyler helped launch the new clinic Wednesday with a ribbon cutting, and reiterated that the wellness and preventive medicine could save as much of 25 percent of government and school health care expenses.

 Those expenses costing taxpayers literally millions of dollars has nearly bankrupted schools and county government that has little money to operate. Muncie schools just lost a referendum to fund school buses, and county government has exhausted revenue just to operate.

The mayor said use of the clinic was voluntary, and should save money immediately by providing employees and retirees basic medical care besides testing.

Delaware County Council member Scott Alexander hoped the clinic would save money, but would not give credit to affordable care for the benefit local government would receive.

 Tara Stroup, IU Health's project manager, explained the clinic was among 20 different facilities that offered preventive care and wellness throughout the state. Other communities like Kokomo and Hamilton County have embraced the savings found in affordable care.

The clinic always will have a physician, nurse and other clinical staff besides access to more than 100 commonly used generic medications that will be free to all patients.

 Mike Gibbs, a retired county sheriff's deputy, liked the idea of free medical care and said it would supplement other care he had thanks to taxpayers.

More than 50 government and school officials gathered at the soft opening of the clinic this week which will be operating fulltime on Monday.