Everyone deserves access to medical care.
Since Hope Clinic first opened its doors, there has been an ever-present need for its services, albeit a dynamic need, as social conditions have undergone shifts and changes. It has become something of an icon in the area, and has served countless hundreds in a variety of ways during its 18 year history. It’s founding principles and structures survive to this day:
Healthcare is a basic human right and should not be linked to profit. Fees have never been charged for any services, medications, or supplies provided by Hope Clinic. The clinic relies solely on individual or organizational donations, as well as grant support. We are the only clinic in Pamlico County offering primary healthcare free of charge. We maintain that healthcare should be available at a level and quality sufficient to meet the basic needs of everyone regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or income level.
A great deal of healthcare knowledge can and should be available and accessible to individuals such that they have the power to recognize and respond to their own health issues. All services at Hope Clinic emphasize education, self-knowledge, and increasing awareness and access to appropriate resources. Whenever possible, our goal is to demystify healthcare and other human services, both for the volunteer members of the clinic and our patients. We believe that individuals and communities should be educated and empowered with regard to their healthcare. In practice, this means that we emphasize education and offer referrals to help meet any needs that are outside the scope of our services. We attempt to include our clients in their own care by inviting their input and observations, and by fully describing possible solutions to their concerns.
Healthcare should be broadly defined and considerate of the whole being and environment, not simply a response to isolated symptoms. We view health as encompassing the total well-being of a person including physical, emotional, and environmental needs. In all our services, we strive to relate to clients as human beings, each with unique circumstances, resources, and needs. Our healthcare providers and advocates involve clients as thoroughly as possible in the healthcare and lifestyle process in order to best educate and develop appropriate plans for each individual.
In keeping with the goals of individual empowerment and the building of a healthy community, Hope Clinic is working to establish a Patient Advisory Team (PAT). This team, made up of a selection of our patients covering a wide range of demographics, will have a voice and input in all decision making processes that affect both their specific service area as well as the entire clinic.