La Porte Hospital and La Porte Physician Network have announced a new collaboration with HealthLinc, a local Federally Qualified Health Center, to increase the services available at its Community Health Center and Community Dental Clinic located in La Porte.  According to a joint press release, providing comprehensive care to underserved communities has always been a priority for La Porte Hospital and discussions with HealthLinc have led to the ability to serve even more individuals in need. HealthLinc will assume operations of the La Porte Physician Network Community Health Center and Community Dental Clinic located at 400 Teegarden Street in La Porte in early September.  The medical team and employees of the clinic will remain in place to provide services. All current patients will have the opportunity to continue receiving their dental, primary care and women’s care at this location. The clinic will also be accepting new patients.
In addition to the donation from La Porte Hospital, HealthLinc received a generous grant from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte.  This support will allow HealthLinc to offer expanded hours, and additional services such as integrated behavioral health and addiction treatment.  HealthLinc will also provide outreach and enrollment services, care coordination and have clinical pharmacists available.
HealthLinc currently operates ten freestanding clinics and two telehealth clinics throughout Northern Indiana and has a model for providing medical, dental, and integrated behavioral health care to the underserved population, accepting Medicaid, Medicare, most commercial insurances, and the uninsured.