Come July 1st, more than 4,000 people will be locked out from at least one opportunity to have free or reduced healthcare. After a lot of thought, the Freeport Crusader Community Clinic has decided to close. Crusader Clinic relies heavily on a grant from the State of Illinois. The grant expires in June and leaders just couldn't find the means to manage the growth.
Al Lenoir would walk in and out of Crusader Clinic in Freeport and not pay a dime.
Lenoir says, "Families with children, temp workers, and people with disabilities or high blood pressure what will they do? It will hurt a lot of people. We need this place."
Two healthcare facilities have teamed up to make sure no one is denied affordable or free healthcare. Freeport Health Network and Stephenson County Health Department have been in weekly discussions since the announcement was made. Right now the best option for patients has been to keep everything right at this location."
Stephenson County Health Department’s Public Health Administrator states, “The question is not will it be done it's going to be done because we have a distinct population that we need to address. We have to."
Time is the biggest enemy. These two medical providers will have to merge ideas and basically start all over again. Stephenson County Health Department is looking for two things: volunteers and dollars. Volunteers could be greeters, file documents or be financial backers.
As for the Rockford and Belvidere location, there is no threat of either one closing. Patients from the Freeport location are welcome to transfer to any of the two facilities. The Dental part of Crusader Clinic in Freeport will stay open two days a week to serve children.