This holiday season, Dr. Oliver Jenkins, M.D., will help Toledo/Lucas County CareNet end another year of serving the community to provide more than 300 thousand health care services. Jenkins is one of several local health care professionals who provides low or no cost health care services to the uninsured and low income residents of Lucas County.
“The uninsured don’t need their own health care system,” said CareNet Executive Director Jan Ruma. “CareNet exists to fill the cracks in the system.”
CareNet was established in 2003 with the mission of increasing access to health care for the uninsured. With the expansion of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, CareNet has evolved and now serves more than 3 thousand uninsured adults per year in Lucas County. CareNet helps members enroll in health care insurance, receive health care services at low or no cost and connect with social services that work to eliminate barriers to health care such as transportation.
Jenkins is the only otolaryngologist in CareNet’s specialty network, which provides specialty health care services such as pulmonary, gastroenterology and dermatology. Though primary care and hospital facilities are regularly donated, specialty care services are always needed in the CareNet network. Jenkins joined CareNet with the goal of providing quality health care to the uninsured. To date, he has helped 153 CareNet members since 2010.
“He is a very compassionate person interested in serving the underserved,” said Ruma about Jenkins. “One patient couldn’t believe he would provide care for no cost.”
If you would like to help CareNet provide health care services, you can always help through financial contributions or charitable donations. You may also help by volunteering with any of the local health care partners.
For more information about CareNet or Dr. Jenkins, please call Toledo Clinic ENT at (419) 724-8368.