IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute to launch student outreach clinic; open house Aug. 8

July 31, 2014

Medical students from the IU School of Medicine in Terre Haute, in collaboration with other area college health professional students, will open a free student outreach clinic and start taking patients beginning Aug. 9 at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education in Terre Haute, Ind.

John and Mollie Wheat

John Wheat, a graduate of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2013, with his late mother, Mollie, for whom the new student outreach clinic in Terre Haute has been named.

The Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic will provide health and wellness screenings, primary care services, lab testing and referrals to existing local health care resources. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The mission of the clinic is to both expand access to basic medical screenings for underserved and underinsured patients in the Wabash Valley and to provide professional students from multiple disciplines with learning experiences in the clinical setting. It offers 10 fully equipped exam rooms, a conference room, a receptionist area and a large waiting area.

Professional students from the IU School of Medicine, Indiana State University School of Nursing and Health and Human Services and other area college health professional students will work side-by-side practicing their decision-making skills, exploring issues related to medical administration, and broadening their understanding of the delivery of health care to vulnerable populations.

Overall, the clinic seeks to extend quality health and wellness services to the underserved population in the community while preparing future rural health care workers.

The clinic is named in honor of the mother of a 2013 IUSM graduate from IUSM-Terre Haute who battled cancer for 11 years before passing away in 2013. Organizers of the clinic remember her persistent cheerful attitude in the face of her health challenges and the student leaders envision her positive attitude and energy as a guide as the clinic promotes health, wellness and prevention of disease.

The Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic is located at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education, 1433 N. 6 1/2 St. in Terre Haute. Several local organizations are supporting the clinic’s efforts, including Union Hospital Foundation; The Center for Health, Wellness, and Life Enrichment at Indiana State University; West Central Indiana Area Health Education Center; GenPath and Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

The public is invited to participate in tours and a presentation about the clinic from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education. Student leaders, faculty and family of Mollie R. Wheat will officially introduce the new clinic.

For more information about donations, volunteering and tours, please contact Kelly Hall, clinical education coordinator, at kelly.hall@indstate.edu or 812-237-2401.

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