Exterior of HealthNet clinic with a plaque honoring Dr. Rex Kolste

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. renames its medical clinic for Dr. Rex Kolste

September 2, 2020 – Janesville, Wisc., HealthNet of Rock County announced in a private ceremony on September 1, 2020 that it will be naming its medical clinic at 23 W. Milwaukee Street in Janesville after its former medical advisor,

Dr. Rex Kolste. Dr. Kolste unexpectedly passed away in April of this year. Shortly after his passing, the organization’s board of directors approved the name change to the Dr. Rex Kolste Medical Clinic at its annual July Board Meeting.

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NAFC Standards Gold Seal 2020

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. earned a 2020 Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program

Janesville, WI – HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. earned a 2020 Gold Rating from
the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards
Program. By self-attesting that the organization has certain policies and
procedures in place, it is able to highlight its commitment to providing quality
care to patients. The Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Executive Director (WAFCC), Dennis Skrajewski states “HealthNet of Rock County
has consistently been a clinic that provides a high class level of care to those in
the community. The 2020 NAFC Gold rating does not come as a surprise to
WAFCC as the HealthNet team is phenomenal.”


The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure
the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. The NAFC
and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health
care. To quantify and qualify the care provided at the Free and Charitable Clinic
network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member
organizations. Members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various
policies and procedures in place to attain their standards rating and
attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within their
organization.


WAFCC Standards Manager, Connor Doppler says, “HealthNet of Rock County is
well deserving of this Gold rating. The care provided by the clinic and the
support it offers to its community is something that does not go unnoticed.”
HealthNet of Rock County CEO, Ian Hedges added, “HealthNet’s exemplary
team of staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that our patient satisfaction
remains high, and we work to improve on a daily basis to ensure that our patients
will get better.”

NAFC Quality Standards elements include policies and procedures
related to the following areas: Administrative, Enhanced Access and Continuity
of Care, Identifying and Managing Patient Population information, Planning and
Managing Care, Providing Self-Care Support and Community Resources,
Tracking and Coordinating Care, and Measuring and Improving Performance.

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HealthNet is a non-profit volunteer-based free medical and dental clinic
dedicated to providing quality care to low-income, uninsured and underinsured
Rock County residents. HealthNet of Rock County’s Board of Directors recently
voted to change its eligibility guidelines to allow those who utilize the medical
clinic to be at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. HealthNet of
Rock County’s dental clinic continues to provide dental care to low-income
individuals at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. who are
uninsured, enrolled in BadgerCare, or have their healthcare through the
Veteran’s Administration. Patients who need to enroll virtually for services during
the COVID-19 pandemic should contact 608-756-4638, and patients who need
emergency assistance with dental should contact 608-314-1940. For more
information about the clinics, please visit www.healthnet-rock.org.

Cómo HealthNet está respondiendo a COVID-19

HealthNet de Rock County, Inc  ha realizado cambios en sus regulaciones operativas como resultado del brote de COVID-19 o Coronavirus. Actualmente, HealthNet of Rock County está limitando las visitas no necesarias a sus instalaciones y suspende la inscripción hasta nuevo aviso . Esto significa que los pacientes actuales  no necesitan volver a inscribirse para los servicios de 2020 hasta nuevo aviso. HealthNet del Condado de Rock también ha realizado ajustes en el programa de la siguiente manera:

Clinica Medica

Después de consultar con los socios de atención médica, la clínica médica decidió suspender las visitas al médico hasta el 6 de abril de 2020. Dado que los médicos de HealthNet of Rock County no se centran principalmente en la atención de emergencia o urgencia, esta medida evitará que voluntarios y pacientes arriesguen la propagación de la comunidad a medida que El brote está en curso.

HealthNet del Condado de Rock planea continuar con visitas de enfermeras (monitoreo de salud) y administración de medicamentos. Esto evitará que muchas personas vengan al mismo tiempo  en nuestros días actuales  y permitirá que las personas con  problemas de inmunodeficiencias  reciban medicamentos para que mejoren sus posibilidades de permanecer estable  y saludable durante este brote.

Los días para recojer  medicamentos serán los Lunes, Martes, Miércoles y Viernes durante varias horas en el dia .Por favor de  comunicarse al  608-756-4638 o consulte el sitio web de HealthNet of Rock County para obtener un calendario detallado en www.healthnet-rock.org.

Clínica dental

Hasta el 6 de abril de 2020, todos los procedimientos que no sean de emergencia, como limpieza dental  y los chequeos  regulares, se suspenden en la clínica dental. Esta decisión se tomó en base a la orientación de la Asociación Dental Americana y la Asociación Dental de Wisconsin. Sin embargo, será necesario realizar procedimientos dentales urgentes / de emergencia para garantizar que los pacientes con dolor dental no vayan a la sala de emergencias ya que las salas de emergencia  necesitan  todos los recursos  debido al brote. Nuestro dentista de HealthNet of Rock County, el Dr. Meyer, acordó ver a estos pacientes los viernes.  La clínica dental reservará espacios  de 1 hora y 15 minutos entre cada paciente . Esto asegurará que los pacientes no estén en nuestra clínica por más de una hora esto ayudara  para que no haya muchos pacientes al mismo tiempo en nuestas salas de espera.  Por favor de  contactar al 608-314-1940 para servicios dentales de emergencia solamente .

El CEO de HealthNet of Rock County, Ian Hedges, declaró: “La seguridad de nuestros pacientes actuales es primordial. La falta de seguro  medico y de poco recursos economicos es algo de lo cual las personas tienen menos probabilidades   de mantenerse  saludables y financieramente estables. Nuestras regulaciones operativas actualizadas solo estáran  vigentes hasta el 6 de abril, pero permitirán a los pacientes mantener sus condiciones crónicas bajo control y mejorar las posibilidades de no experimentar en el peor de los casos, el virus “.

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc. to adjust services with COVID-19 outbreak

HealthNet of Rock County, Inc has made changes to its operating guidelines as a result of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus outbreak. Currently, HealthNet of Rock County is limiting non-essential visits to its facilities, and suspending enrollment until April 6, 2020. This means current patients who are uninsured and need to re-enroll for 2020 services will not need to do so until further notice. Based on its clinic structures, HealthNet of Rock County has also made program adjustments in the following areas:


Medical Clinic
After consulting with healthcare partners, the medical clinic has decided to suspend physician visits until April 6, 2020. Since HealthNet of Rock County’s physicians are not primarily focused on emergency or urgent care, this move will prevent volunteers and patients from risking community spread as the outbreak is ongoing.
HealthNet of Rock County plans to continue with nurse visits (health monitoring) and medication dispensing. This will prevent bottlenecking on our current medication pick-up days, and will allow immunosupressed individuals to receive medications that improve their chances of remaining stable and healthy during this outbreak.
Medication pick-up days will be on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays during various hours. Please contact 608-756-4638 or refer to HealthNet of Rock County’s website for a detailed calendar at www.healthnet-rock.org.

Dental Clinic
Until April 6, 2020, all non-emergency procedures such as hygiene and regular dental check-ups are suspended at the dental clinic. This decision was made based on guidance from the American Dental Association and the Wisconsin Dental Association. However, performing urgent/emergency dental procedures will be necessary to ensure that patients who have dental pain are not going to the emergency room (which needs the majority resources dedicated to COVID-19). HealthNet of Rock County’s dentist, Dr. Meyer, has agreed to see these patients on Fridays. The dental clinic will be booking slots in 1 hour and 15 minute increments. This will ensure that patients are not in our clinic for more than an hour, and reduce the overlap between patients coming in and out of our dental clinic. Patients are encouraged to contact 608-314-1940 for emergency dental services.


HealthNet of Rock County CEO Ian Hedges stated, “The safety of our current patients is paramount. The lack of insurance and living in the margins mean they are less likely to remain healthy and financially stable. Our updated operating guidelines are only in effect until April 6, but will allow patients to keep their chronic conditions in check, and improve chances of not experiencing the worse case scenario with the virus.”

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