“The patients we see do need health care, but there are so many other issues that come into play,” says Dr. Tammie Stinson, medical director of Matthew 25 Health and Care in downtown Fort Wayne. “Many of these patients need help with transportation, housing and finances and we work to make sure all of these needs are met for them.”
An internal medicine specialist, Dr. Stinson was named medical director of Matthew 25 in September of last year. The nonprofit, community-supported health care center provides medical, dental, vision and mental health services free of charge to low-income, uninsured adults in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
Dr. Stinson is a Fort Wayne native and graduated from Northrop High School before completing her undergraduate studies at Norfolk State University and her doctorate degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Howard University.
“I always loved biology and was planning to be a teacher when I started college, but soon realized that medicine was my calling,” says Dr. Stinson. “In a way, as a doctor, I am a teacher. We do a lot of educational programs here at Matthew 25. During the daytime hours, we offer the primary care clinic. In the evening, we have specialists who volunteer their time to see patients for all kinds of things, including physical therapy, gynecology, nephrology, cardiology and podiatry. We offer free classes, too. We have a diabetes program in conjunction with Manchester University and we just completed a pilot program called FarmacyRx where we worked with pre-diabetic individuals trying to reverse their pre-diabetes through diet. Along with the university, Community Harvest Food Bank, a local dietitian, Greg Giant, RpH, and even Trader Joe’s helped us with this program. Trader Joe’s provided free produce for our patients. It was a huge success and we’re looking to do this program again next year.”
Dr. Stinson says the key to getting help and making lifelong changes starts with a phone call.
“We tell people to call our main number and ask to speak with an intake coordinator. There are still so many people in our community who don’t even know we’re here and all that we have to offer. To qualify as a patient, you can’t have any kind of insurance, including Medicare or Medicaid and we see patients who are at or below 200-percent of the federal poverty level. I can’t tell you how many people we’ve seen in our clinic come back and tell us that we didn’t just make a difference in their health, we made a difference in their life. That’s what it’s all about here at Matthew 25.”
Address: 413 E. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
Phone: (260) 426-3250
Products & Services: Matthew 25 Health and Care first began its ministry in Fort Wayne in 1976. The community-supported health center offers free medical, dental, vision and mental health care to low-income, uninsured adults in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.