MSU Care health clinic celebrates five years

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MSU Care health clinic celebrates five years

Like many adults without insurance, Leland Keen hadn’t been to a doctor since he was a teenager.  

“I couldn’t afford it,” the 40-year-old said. “(Insurance) was too expensive. I couldn’t keep up with it. I had to dump it.”

But a couple of years ago, diverticulitis caused his colon to rupture and Keen spent about a year in the hospital. By the time he was finally well enough to come home, Keen was diagnosed with diabetes.

Hospital staff connected Keen with MSU Care, a clinic that serves uninsured low-income patients ages 18-64. It is located in the O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Center on the MSU campus.

MSU Care, a collaboration of Mercy Hospital and Missouri State University, celebrated its five-year anniversary in October. Mercy provides most of the staff, including providers and volunteer doctors. MSU students from the allied health programs gain valuable hands-on experience at MSU Care.

“I’m actually ecstatic about it,” Keen said of having regular access to health care and free prescriptions. “They are so nice, and they are always so personable. I just love it.”

“If it wasn’t for them, I don’t know how much these pills would cost me,” he added. “I’m really glad they can actually help me out with that because I know it’s probably not cheap.”

Thanks to the staff and students at MSU Care, Keen has learned to manage his disease and his pancreas has started making insulin again. He only has to visit the clinic every three months these days or unless he gets sick.

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