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Tulip Tree Family Health Care
123 N. McCreary Street
Ft. Branch, IN 47648

Tulip Tree News



Posey County Community Foundation Awards Grant to Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree was excited to receive a Smithville-Posey Rural Health Grant of $5900 from the Posey County Community Foundation to support an outreach project for our dental program. The grant will fund an Outreach Coordinator to raise awareness of our services in Posey County where there is a high need for increased access to affordable dental care.
We look forward to more Posey County residents, dentist and non-profit agencies knowing about Tulip Tree’s dental services for the uninsured and under-insured by.


Tulip Tree Receives Dental Equipment Donation from Ross Flaningam DDS

Tulip Tree received two ADec dental chairs and additional equipment from Dr. Flaningam following his retirement from practice. With this generous donation, Tulip Tree remodeled to add a third dental room that can be used as a dentist operatory or as a dental hygiene room. We were also able to upgrade the chair in the existing hygiene room. Donated handpieces and other equipment allows our dentists to provide more advanced treatment services for patients. Demand for Tulip Tree’s dental program continues to grow as more patients find out about our sliding scale for the uninsured and our acceptance of both Indiana and Illinois Medicaid plans through Dentaquest. Thank you Dr. Flaningam!


Tulip Tree Opens Dental Program on Fridays

Due to increased demand for service and adequate dentist staffing, Tulip Tree has opened its dental program on Friday. Dental services are now available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our dentist team includes Naga Alapati DDS, Ryan Kapp DMD and David P Walters DDS.
Tulip Tree Opens Dental Program on Fridays


Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana Gives $4000 to Tulip Tree

TMMI donated $4000 to Tulip Tree in January to help cover some of the cost of replacing our main computer system server which is required to support clinic services. This new server replaced one that went into service in 2010- a grandfather by modern computer standards! A committee of Toyota employees reviews applications received from non- profits and makes the decisions about which ones to fund. Tulip Tree Family Health Care is grateful to be selected and receive this generous support.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana Gives $4000 to Tulip Tree

Delta Dental Selects Tulip Tree to Receive a $4000 2016 Brighter Futures Community Grant

For the third year in a row, Delta Dental selected Tulip Tree’s Dental Program to receive a Brighter Futures Community Grant. This year’s grant amount is $4000. In its award letter, Delta Dental Foundation stated that they had received an overwhelming number of proposals this grant cycle but were impressed with the scope of our work. We are very grateful for Delta Dental’s continued support. Grant awards are based on the services provided to underserve dental patients of all ages but particularly children and disadvantaged populations.
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 1980, which serves as the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina. The foundation’s goals are to support education and research for the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of the public through education and service activities, particularly for those with special needs. For more information, visit
Delta Dental



David P Walters DDS Joins Tulip Tree Dental Program

David P Walters DDS retired from full time practice in Princeton but still enjoys using his dentistry skills to help patients. We are delighted that he decided to join our team on a part time basis. Dr. Walters will provide coverage every Thursday. He brings a wealth of experience to our program.

Welborn Baptist Foundation Makes Final Grant to Tulip Tree Family Health Care

Tulip Tree received a grant of $75,000 from Welborn Baptist Foundation in December. This is a final grant to support our medical and dental programs. In 2016, Welborn Baptist Foundation refined its funding focus to support organizations that provide Community Impact in three priority areas: Early Learning; Healthy Eating & Active Living; and Christ-Centered Living. Tulip Tree no longer aligns with this priority focus. We appreciate the support that Welborn Baptist Foundation has provided over the years. It has been critical to our growth and financial stability.


Gibson County Community Foundation Awards $10,000 for Tulip Tree Dental Program Expansion

Tulip Tree Family Health Care received $10,000 from the Gibson County Community Foundation Discretionary Grant Fund at their Annual Awards Banquet on November 10th. This award supports the expansion of Tulip Tree dental service to a fourth day. Tulip Tree dental patients are primarily uninsured or on Medicaid plans. Payment from insurance and patients does not cover the full cost of care. Support from GCCF allows us to cover this gap so we can continue to provide this much needed service for area residents. Tulip Tree Family Health Care appreciates the ongoing support from Gibson County Community Foundation.


Tulip Tree Hosts Afternoon of Art Fundraiser

On Sunday October 2nd, Tulip Tree supporters enjoyed an afternoon creating Autumn Themed Door Hangers, bidding on art of local artists in a silent auction, and enjoying appetizers, conversation and community. Ruby’s Floral Designs and More coordinated the activities on behalf of Tulip Tree Family Health Care. It was a fun afternoon and raised much needed funds for the clinic.
Afternoon Art Fundraiser


United Way NIGHT of Caring with Toyota Team Members Gives Tulip Tree a Facelift!

At 8:00 p.m. on September 27th, 10 Toyota second shift team members arrived at Tulip Tree Family Health Care ready to help with a United Way Day of Caring project. This was the first time United Way of Gibson County offered an after -hours option for volunteers. It worked out well for Tulip Tree because inside projects have to be done in the evenings or on weekends due to full patient schedules during the day. The workers were divided into teams and assigned to an area where they would prep, paint and clean up over the next 8 hours with a break for ‘lunch’ provided by United Way. By 4 in the morning, four medical exam rooms, an office, two long hallways and a bathroom had fresh coats of paint and were ready for patients to arrive at 8 a.m. This was quite an amazing feat considering that half the team had no prior painting experience! But the team work and problem solving developed at Toyota carried them through. Thanks to Joyce Fulkerson, Kim Brown, Nicole McFadden, Ron Byers, Jon Harper, Nick Rehwald, Jeff Meny , Jennifer Hood, Ashley Crawford, Marco Barillas and Shawn White for their great work!
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Tulip Tree Receives 2nd Year Grant to Provide Navigator Insurance Enrollment Services into 2017

Indiana Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) received a second year of funding from CMS to provide Navigator Outreach and Enrollment services throughout Indiana. Tulip Tree once again was selected as a subgrantee to carry out this work in southwest Indiana. Angela Reavis, Jody Puro-Bennett and Maureen Shepherd are certified Navigators under this grant. They reach out to area residents to advise them of insurance options through the Affordable Care Act either through the Marketplace or HIP 2.0.


July 20th Ribbon Cutting and Recognition of Major Donors for Tulip Tree Expansion and Remodel

Tulip Tree recognized the donors who made its expansion and remodel possible at a ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House on July 20th. Early in 2015, the decision was made to close in an existing back porch to create much needed administration space. This expansion was necessary to open up more clinic space. Generous contractors and suppliers led by Kenny Reinbrecht of Reinbrecht Homes in Haubstadt made this expansion possible. This group included Perfect Climate Solutions, Graybar Insealators, Affordable Concrete, Fences Unlimited, Angermeier Electric, Niehaus Lumber, NexGen Building Supplies and Kiesel Excavating. Carl Shepherd of Carl Shepherd Construction provided General Contractor oversight on a volunteer basis. Generous donations from Bill Bose and Deb Ferguson at DX Enterprises (GCQA), Gibson County Community Foundation, Brian Malinao at Toyoto Boshoku Indiana and Michael Crabtree at Gibson County Warehouse covered other costs.

Ribbon Cutting

Tulip Tree Family Health Care Hosts Indiana State Department of Health for Grant Report Out

On July 20th, Tulip Tree Family Health Care invited community representatives, partner agencies, constituents and donors to a report out on Tulip Tree Quality Care Initiatives Outcomes. Tulip Tree participates in grants from the Indiana State Department of Health that encourage community health centers from across the state to benchmark their work on key quality indicators. Maureen Shepherd, Executive Director, gave a presentation on Tulip Tree’s work in chronic disease care management and our quality measure improvements resulting from a year-long collaboration with ISDH and other Indiana Health Centers. ISDH and Indiana Primary Health Care representatives from Indianapolis came to Fort Branch for this event and State Senator Jim Tomes also attended. The event was held at the Township Volunteer Fire Department Building across the street from the clinic and included a lunch. This photo taken after the event includes ISDH, IPHCA and Tulip Tree attendees.
Tulip Tree Family Health Care Hosts Indiana State Department of Health


Tulip Tree Family Health Care Receives American Lung Association Asthma Initiative Grants

Tulip Tree Family Health Care received two grants totaling $8000 from the American Lung Association in cooperation with the Indiana State Department of Health. These grants focused on improving care of patients with poorly controlled asthma through a quality improvement initiative. Tulip Tree received a free spirometer, guidance on national benchmarks, patient self-reports and documentation, and patient education materials and resources.

Toyota Boshoku Indiana (TBIN) Supports Tulip Tree Family Health Care

TBIN is a great community supporter of Tulip Tree Family Health Care. Ongoing financial contributions and volunteer support have been a great asset for our clinic. Amy Ketzner, Tulip Tree Board member and TBIN Team Member, accepted a certificate from Administrator Allison Williams and Board President Steve Welp on behalf of TBIN acknowledging this support, especially for the recent building addition and remodel.
TBIN Supports Tulip Tree