HealthPlus helps give life to PT HEART




PT HEART Student Director of Funds Lauren Jarman accepts a check from HealthPlus Community Relations Administrator Louis Hawkins at the North End Soup Kitchen — the location of the student-run PT HEART clinic.

PT HEART Student Director of Funds Lauren Jarman accepts a check from HealthPlus Community Relations Administrator Louis Hawkins at the North End Soup Kitchen — the location of the student-run PT HEART clinic.

FLINT — Flint-based HealthPlus of Michigan is the inaugural sponsor of the Physical Therapy Health and Rehabilitation Treatment program, or PT HEART — a free clinic run by University of Michigan- Flint students that has already begun providing services. Details of the program were announced at a press conference at the North End Soup Kitchen today.

“HealthPlus is committed to building healthier communities and we are pleased to support innovative programs that align with that vision,” said HealthPlus Community Relations Administrator Louis Hawkins. “Not only is PT HEART distinctive in terms of the program structure, it is also unique in that it provides valuable experience to area students as well as access to care for area citizens.”

PT HEART is the first student-run free clinic in the Flint area. The clinic is open Friday from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. On any given Friday, 10-20 students will be at the clinic.

“Support from HealthPlus helped us open the PT HEART doors following more than a year of work on the project by students,” said University of Michigan-Flint student and Director of the PT Heart Board Anna Kilbourn. “Sixty patients have been seen since the clinic’s health education services began this past January and many return for follow-up visits.”

Services currently offered by PT HEART include health screenings and individualized health counseling. Future services will include health education seminars and physical therapy. — G.G.


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