Bellin Health opens clinic for Hispanic residents

09/04/2007

GREEN BAY - Spanish-speaking individuals and families in Northeast Wisconsin have the option to visit a clinic where excellent care will not be impeded by a language barrier. Bellin Health's Clínica Hispana opened Tuesday, Sept. 4, on the first floor of the Medical Arts Building, 704 S. Webster Ave.

All doctors, nurses and assistants at the clinic speak Spanish proficiently. Dr. Jean Riquelme is the lead physician. Joining Dr. Riquelme at the clinic is Karen Sanchez, nurse practitioner. Dr. Clark Stevens, a Bellin Health Partner at OB/GYN Associates of Green Bay, provides obstetrical care at the clinic.

“Clínica Hispana will be a great asset to those looking for medical care in the area,” said Riquelme. “Being ill, or having a child that is ill, is often a taxing situation, even without a language barrier. Those who speak Spanish can now get the help they need without the stress of unfamiliarity with the language.”

Spanish-speaking medical professionals are just the start of the Hispanic focus at the clinic. All forms and brochures within Clínica Hispana are printed in English as well as Spanish so patients will fully understand their tests, illnesses, treatments and other services. Signs also utilize universal symbols to direct patients to additional services such as the lab and X-ray department at Bellin Hospital, located next door.

The initiative behind this clinic began because of the struggle many Spanish-speaking families faced in communicating their need for medical attention.

“Language should never be a deterrent from proper medical care,” Riquelme said. “Northeast Wisconsin is home to a large Hispanic population, and the new Clínica Hispana is one way for Bellin Health to adequately provide the services they need.”

Family members of all ages can be seen at the new clinic, including newborns in the hospital. Services available at Clínica Hispana include routine check-ups, pap smears, immigration physicals and school physicals.

“This is an exciting addition to our services,” said George Kerwin, Bellin Health president and chief executive officer. “The clinic is a continuation of Bellin Health’s commitment to community care in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.”