In 1992 Sisters Michaeleen and Gladys Marie of the Sisters of Holy Cross founded Health Partners for the purpose of providing healthcare for citizens in Charles County that had no insurance and could not afford to pay for health care. Initially, doctors were asked to see patients in their offices on a pro bono basis. In 1996 the County Commissioners allowed Health Partners to renovate a space at the Old Waldorf School for a new medical clinic. The clinic operates as an independent non-profit organization, with a volunteer Board of Directors. In 2007 we built out the dental clinic with funding provided by The Greater Waldorf Jaycees. Health Partners now operates a Primary Care Medical Clinic staffed by a full time Nurse Practitioner and a Dental Clinic staffed by a three Dentists and a Dental Hygienist.
Recent changes to health insurance introduced by the Affordable Care Act have allowed Health Partners to expand their programs to meet the challenging needs of providing access to care for a greatly expanded Medicaid population.
On January 31, 2014 Health Partners was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Maryland Community Health Resource Commission for “Expansion of services and transition to include a Fee for Services” for Medicaid qualified clients that wish to find a medical home at Health Partners, Inc. This grant has helped Health Partners meet their long term goal of becoming a self-sustaining clinic.
We continue to accept those with no insurance. We offer a sliding fee scale based on income for all Charles County residents. The sliding scale fees are based on personal income set by the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and are adjusted up to 300% above the FPL. Patients at the lower end of this scale will pay a discounted fee for a medical/dental visit, starting at $20.
Take a look at some of the events and partnerships that have helped get us to where we are today!