Golfers raise thousands of dollars for Shalom Health Care Center

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Clear skies Tuesday made for a perfect day for the Shalom Health Care Center‘s third annual golf outing.

People helped raise thousands of dollars to help keep the nonprofit’s services available for those who are underserved.

Event organizers say their fundraising efforts are critical to keep the center’s mission going. On Tuesday, more than a hundred people gathered at the Eagle Creek Golf Club to help raise money for Shalom Health Care Center. The nonprofit’s mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable health care.

“We work Monday through Friday to support and achieve our mission,” said Dr. Leonardo R. Ortega, the Shalom Health Care Center president and chief executive officer.

Morella Dominguez, Shalom’s chief marketing and development officer, said, “We see many people from different ethnicity groups: African Americans, Africans, Hispanic, Burmese, Russian, everybody that comes through the door.”

Dominguez says the center sees more than 14,000 patients each year. The center provides primary care, behavioral health services, wellness education and more. People who are uninsured and underinsured receive a reduction in their out-of-pocket costs for services through the center’s sliding fee discounts.

“There is a huge gap in people being underinsured or not have insurance at all, so we would like to provide services to them to access health care and preventive care,” Dominguez said.

Overall, the center says they want to ensure these critical services remain available for years to come.

“We are here to fulfill that gap, that need to those who need it and to provide health care, support, health insurance and medicine, and vaccine,” Ortega said.

“Our hope is to continue providing services to the ‘most-needed’ community, the people that could not afford health care,” Dominguez said.

Donate to the organization on its website.