Helping the community heal is the top priority of the staff at Midwest Express Clinic. That kind of responsibility goes beyond healthcare. That’s why MEC sponsors and raises funds for charities, organizations and youth sports in the neighborhoods in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area.
“Working in medicine and caring for patients doesn’t stop when you leave the office,” Jessica Borst, FNP-BC, says.
Midwest Express Clinic is a presenting sponsor in the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s Mobile Market, a program to provide food access for families in need in Lake and Porter counties. Every weekly distribution will provide fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, nonperishable items and more to between 250 and 550 people in the area. Presenting sponsors helps provide 18,000 meals to those in need. MEC staff will volunteer with the food bank, as well.
“The first step to good health is making sure you have what you need,” Borst said. “That’s why working with food banks is critical to what we do.”
Donations are collected at every MEC office for Cornerstone Community Outreach, a nonprofit aiding the homeless in Chicago. Donations include things like disposable dishes and cutlery, canned goods and other nonperishable food items and table linens. Midwest Express Clinic has a goal of raising $10,000 this summer. Donations will continue to be accepted for another contribution in the fall or winter.
Youth sports are another focus of MEC’s community involvement. The clinic sponsors the Darien Park District’s ice rink, providing hockey equipment and support for players. It’s doing the same for soccer players at the Westmont Yard Indoor Sports Complex in Westmont, Ill. Midwest Express Clinic plans to sponsor the Bourbonnais Junior Boilers youth football team as well.
Staff baked and decorated cookies with students from Reed-Custer High School in Braidwood, Ill. last month. MEC partnered with Five Below to purchase $1,500 in toys for a giveaway out of its Bourbonnais location.
Healthcare is always at the heart of what MEC does, though, even outside the local community. Nurse Practitioner Jessica Borst is organizing an annual trip of MEC staff hosted by Maximo Nivel, an organization that puts medical professionals where they’re needed in South America.
Staff will stay with a host family in rural areas near Cusco, Peru to offer their services and medical supplies to an underprivileged population. Midwest Express Clinic will contribute $1,500 to the trip.
“We all work in healthcare because we want to help people,” Borst said. “One of the best things about Midwest Express Clinic is that they encourage and help us do that even outside the work day.”
MEC locations in Dyer, Crown Point, Schererville, Munster, Hammond and Merrillville are open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. An office in Portage is expected to open soon.