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Friday, March 16, 2018

For their hard work and support for free and charitable clinics, Fort HealthCare will be honored at Wisconsin Association of Free and Clinic’s (WAFCC) Second Safety Gala on April 5, 2018 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St., Madison.

“Wisconsin currently has 96 free and charitable clinics, so the Safety Net Gala informs residents the role these clinics play in supporting their communities,” said WAFCC Executive Director Katherine Gaulke.

At the WAFCC Gala Event, Rock River Free Clinic will be presenting the 2017 Safety Net Rural Health System Partner of the Year Award to Fort HealthCare. This award was established to recognize a rural health system that has made an exceptional investment in the work of free clinics in the state of Wisconsin. Fort HealthCare has demonstrated through the sustaining support of the Rock River Free Clinic, its commitment to helping the uninsured receive primary healthcare. Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of its communities, with a vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, Fort Healthcare’s goal is to reach as many members of the community as possible with health and wellness messages, providing tools and resources to help individuals improve their health and quality of life, while collaborating with several partners to positively improve the population’s health overall on a long-term basis.

Fort HealthCare provides quality healthcare to the residents of an eight-community area with satellite clinics offering primary and specialty care in Fort Atkinson, Cambridge, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, and Whitewater and has the only hospital in Jefferson County. The hospital is a modern, fully accredited acute care facility. In addition to comprehensive inpatient services, Fort HealthCare offers ambulatory surgery and specialty clinics, a birthing center, cardiac rehabilitation, the Center for Joint Replacement, emergency services including the Urgent Care Program for after-hours treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, occupational medicine and more.

Tickets for the gala are $50, and the event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Guest speaker to include Secretary Linda Seemeyer. To purchase tickets or learn more about free and charitable clinics, visit

WAFCC began in 2014; its mission is to support, strengthen, and advocate for all 96 of Wisconsin’s free and charitable clinics and the communities they serve. The Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to support, strengthen and advocate for the uniqueness of Wisconsin’s 97 free and charitable clinics, the 109,000 patients they serve and their communities and partners. Learn more at