Our desire is to see our community transformed as we provide care that is:
Countering disease before it's onset through diet, exercise and health education.
Walking with our patients towards healing through relationships built on trust and mutual respect.
Seeking healing in all dimensions of life - physically, spiritually, emotionally and economically.
Eliminating healthcare barriers and bridging cultural, racial and linguistic divides.
Equipping our community to take ownership of their health, and realize their own health goals.
LifeSpring Community Health began as the “Children’s Clinic at St. Andrew’s, a neighborhood center in urban Chattanooga.
An elementary school teacher contacted the Director of the St. Andrew’s Center concerned about her uninsured students who were not receiving medical care. The Director contacted Dr. Michele Pickett (MD, ED) with these concerns and offered to provide space for a free clinic to serve these families.
Dr. Pickett was quick to take action, forming a team of nurses and volunteers, opening a small after-school clinic, providing medical care more than just a clinic. Dr. Pickett, Jill Fikkert (RN, Director of Nursing), and their team were deeply involved in the community providing health education through partnerships with summer camps and advocating for patients and families.
LifeSpring provides part-time pediatric medical services to Highland Park.
The Children’s Clinic functioned as a ministry of New City Fellowship until June 30th, 2008.
LifeSpring became an incubated ministry of Hope For the Inner City. This designation allowed the ministry to grow until it became a separate non-profit organization. LifeSpring continues to remain in partnership with HFIC and spiritually accountable to New City Fellowship.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press publishes an article on LifeSpring! "Changing unhealthy behaviors is a great challenge, said Dr. Pickett, and education alone is not the answer.
“We need to build relationships with the community where we can work together to change those behaviors," she said.
Click HERE to read the full article!
LifeSpring Community Health became it's own 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
After retiring in 2010 as a community pediatrician at age 88, Dr. Minnie Vance generously invited LifeSpring to use the building in which she practiced for 58 years. So in the Spring of 2011, with the help of numerous volunteers, LifeSpring renovated the new clinic space and moved from the St. Andrews Center to its current location.
In August of 2011, we began seeing patients at the new site. The building provided LifeSpring with room to see more patients and to expand services to those with TennCare and private insurance. By the end of 2011, we expanded our services from being an after-school clinic to seeing our patients 4 days a week.
On June 13th, 2012 the Chattanooga Times Free Press published an article on LifeSpring titled " LifeSpring a lifeline for the uninsured". "The way we work with our uninsured patients is we raise support to cover the care we give them," said Life Spring Director of Nursing Jill Fikkert, an RN for the last 27 years. "That's why we are here. We started to be able to serve the underserved folks. We have people that can't give us anything and we don't turn them away."
Click HERE to read the full article.
LifeSpring purchased the 2507 building on McCallie Ave, ensuring a continued presence and commitment to the children and families of urban Chattanooga.
Funding was granted to hire 2 Community Health Workers. The Community Health Worker program expanded the past Promatora de Salud project, through which LifeSpring hired a community health worker who facilitated care for Latino patients at LifeSpring Pediatrics. This helped LifeSpring to extend health care beyond the clinic walls into the neighborhoods where patients, live, play, and attend school.
The Community Health Workers aim is to connect, educate and empower our entire community.
At LifeSpring, 4 new Staff Positions made 14 on our team. We have a full-time Nurse Practitioner, RN, and Development Director. We see about 1,346 patients at LifeSpring, and over 128 prayer requests have been prayed over this year.
In our Community Health Department, 370 families indicated a resource need, Community Health Workers completed 35 home visits, and 12 health education classes were held. 2018 has been a good one, but we look forward to all the Lord has in store for us in 2019!