The Neighborhood Fellowship Compassion Clinic, nestled in the heart of Indianapolis’s near east side, is a great example of a unique partnership between the Neighborhood Fellowship Church and Indiana University Medical School. Together, they have demonstrated care and compassion, providing invaluable healthcare services to the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods. This endeavor has delivered free clinical services for over 12 years, offering a lifeline to local residents who would otherwise be unable to access essential healthcare. The roots of this project run deep, finding its genesis in the establishment of a state-of-the-art clinic, strategically located just across the street from the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, which has graciously housed the clinic since its inception in 2010.
Carry Summers, a dedicated construction superintendent at HP Legacy, entrusted the keys to two instrumental figures: Jim Strietelmeier, the pastor at Neighborhood Fellowship, and Dr. Javier Sevilla, the representative of the IU School of Medicine. Within the walls of this new clinic lies a world of healing possibilities. It boasts five meticulously designed patient examination rooms, a cutting-edge dental lab, and a fully equipped pharmacy, all orchestrated to cater to the diverse needs of the community. Moreover, it houses an OT/PT room, a haven where occupational and physical therapy converge, and an interdisciplinary space dedicated to the collaborative efforts of student doctors, who come together to innovate and refine patient care strategies.
Presently, the clinic’s doors swing open to the community twice a week, a testament to the unwavering commitment of its caretakers. However, the vision extends far beyond this current scope. There is a hope to extend these services to a broader audience. The dream is to operate five days a week, a monumental stride towards ensuring that no one in the community is left without access to healthcare they need.
For those fortunate souls who are touched by the clinic’s grace, it represents more than just a facility; it embodies a true miracle. It stands as a testament to the boundless potential that emerges when compassion and expertise converge. This beacon of hope and healing not only mends bodies but also uplifts spirits, demonstrating the profound impact that arises when a community rallies together to safeguard the well-being of its vulnerable members.