The DeKalb Chamber Partnership Announces 24 Duesy Award Finalists

Published: October 5, 2021

On Tuesday, October 5th at 10 am, the DeKalb Chamber Partnership with EVENT SPONSORS, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union announced the 24 finalists for the 2021 Duesy Awards. The Duesy Awards will be held on Thursday, November 11th, at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum, where the winners will be announced.

St. Martin’s Healthcare Inc. was selected as a “NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR" finalist for the first time in clinic history. Additionally, among the finalists, many are associated with the clinic. The clinic’s veteran Executive Director of 16 years, Tammy R Stafford, RN BSN, was nominated as a “SEASONED PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR” finalist.

Likewise, current Board Member Tyler Cleverly of United Way DeKalb was nominated as a “YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR” finalist. And recently departed former Board Member and SMHC Financial Chair, AL WLEKLINSKI was nominated as a finalist for the “Allen Grabber Citizen Award”.

Regardless of the outcome, we are honored to be mentioned with such outstanding and renowned educators, community members, business leaders, and organizations!

Thank you to the DeKalb Chamber Partnership for the opportunity and for hosting the event. From all of us at SMHC, best of luck to all the 24 finalists! Your hard work has paid off and this acknowledgment is well deserved.

Giving Tuesday DeKalb 2021

Published: October 1, 2021

As harvest approaches we ask that you consider joining us to help neighbors in need. Your gift makes a significant difference in the health and quality of life of our patients.

As a nonprofit organization, SMHC relies on financial assistance from individual, foundation, corporate, and faith-based donors. We continue to operate entirely on community support and without government funding. Your contributions provide hope to our neighbors who otherwise don't have access to healthcare.

For every $10 you donate, we can provide $100 of comprehensive healthcare. Consider a gift. We offer many ways to give. Please mail your gift today to 1359 South Randolph St. Garrett, IN 46738 or give it safely and securely online at Choose to make a one-time electronic donation or set up a recurring donation to join our Monthly Giving Club.

Live in DEKALB COUNTY? Join our campaign with GIVING TUESDAY DEKALB from October 1st-November 19th through the Community Foundation DeKalb County. THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO GIVE! Check out the flyer below for details! Our endowment fund protects our future serving DeKalb County.

The top 3 non-profits with the most giving will receive unrestricted grants through the community foundation. Giving through the GIVING TUESDAY DEKALB campaign yields a bigger bushel for your buck!

With your help, Our endowment fund protects our future serving DeKalb County for decades to come. A harvest of HOPE and HEALING is only possible because of YOU! Thank you!

The Dine-to-Donate Fundraiser for St. Martin’s Healthcare Was a Success in Raising Awareness and Funds

Published: September 24, 2021

The Dine-to-Donate fundraiser for St. Martin’s Healthcare was a success in raising awareness and funds. The event was held on Wednesday, September 22nd from 5 PM to 8 PM at Wings Etc. in Kendallville. The restaurant donated 10% of pre-tax food sales. Guests could choose to dine in or carry out their meals.

SMHC would like to thank the Noble Co Health Task Force for organizing the event and the dining guests who eat a meal supporting the cause. SMHC would additionally like to thank the community partners.

2021 Dine to Donate Partners:

Venue Partner:

  • Wings Etc. Kendallville

Premium Burger Partners:

  • Gary & Annette Adkins
  • Yoder & Jessup, Law Office

Basket-O-Wings Partners:

  • Nik and Grace Caswell
  • Jim and Julia Nixon

The Garrett-based health clinic expanded medical and dental services to Noble County residents in 2016. At present, nearly 25% of the clinic’s patients are from Noble County. The next Noble County fundraising event will be held in 2022. Please look to the Noble County Health Task Force for more information.

Noble County Health Task Force was founded to provide local support to our county's uninsured or under-insured. To: (1) Increase awareness of St. Martin’s services. (2) Provide financial support to the Clinic. (3) Recruit medical volunteers to help support the Clinic’s operations. Task Force members include Gary Adkins, Nicolette Benedict, Grace Caswell, Julia Nixon, and Joshua Munson.

The proceeds raised from the Dine to Donate support St. Martin’s mission. SMHC serves the uninsured and underinsured healthcare needs of DeKalb and Noble County. The clinic helps maintain the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health of the community.

2021 Dine to Donate Fundraiser at Wings Etc. of Kendallville

Published: August 31, 2021

St. Martin’s Healthcare and its Noble County Health Task Force committee has partnered with Wings Etc. of Kendallville to host our “DINE TO DONATE” fundraiser this fall. We are requesting your support to make a larger impact to heal the sick and comfort the hurting. Dine in or Carry Out!

How the Dine to Donate Event Works:

  • Dine with your friends & family on Wednesday, September 22 from 5pm-8pm.
  • Wings Etc.-Kendallville donates 10% of all pre-tax food and soft drink sales
  • Includes dine in or carry out (Coupon Attached)
  • Wings Etc.-Kendallville is located at 870 N Lima Road

Various partnership opportunities are available. Read more about the giving levels in the Partnership Letter (PDF) and Partnership Form (PDF) (PDF). For secure on-line giving, please visit our Event Sponsorship page. Please consider partnering and dining with us on this great evening. You may print or download the coupon at the bottom of the flier (PDF) to participate!!

Free and Charitable Clinic Week Underway

Published: August 25, 2021

Our inaugural Free and Charitable Clinic Week runs from August 23rd through 27th 2021. St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc. is asking DeKalb County, Noble County., and the entire surrounding Northeast Indiana region to recognize Free and Charitable Clinic Week 2021.

St. Martin's Healthcare is supporting the accomplishments and contributions of free and charitable clinics in communities all over Indiana this week as a way to bring awareness to the work we do and the patients that we serve. Clinics, such as St. Martin's, are the safety net for the health care system in Indiana. Medically underserved residents can access care at free and charitable clinics throughout the state and across the nation.

In honor of Free and Charitable Clinic Week, we asked our Executive Director, Tammy Stafford, RN BSN, "What do Free & Charitable Clinics Mean to You?" Her response was powerful and inspired. We invite you to take a listen to her answer with this short video.

Huge Thank-you for participants of St. Martin's Concert and Golf Outing this August

Published: August 11, 2021

After not hosting an in-person concert or golf event in 2020, St. Martin’s Healthcare would like to say THANK YOU to our community for making our First Friday Concert on August 6th and the 13th Annual Golf Benefit held on August 7th, 2021, was such a marvelous weekend!

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the music of Frankie and the Bananas. The concert and golf outing was sponsored by American Legion Post #97 and the Peoples Charitable Foundation; serving as our Dual Event Partners. The collaboration with Auburn Main Street, The James Cultural Plaza, and the band "Franke and the Bananas" made the beautiful Friday evening a memorable time. A huge thank you to our board members for serving walking tacos, Shawn Fingerle for advocating to the crowd about the clinic, and to the crowd who gave a free-will donation for our mission. Your donations and support did not go unnoticed! The First Friday Concert was a great way to start the weekend.

The next morning, 30 teams tee’d off at the Garrett Country Club for the 13th Annual Benefit Golf Outing. Despite the rainy start, the teams enthusiastically supported the clinic. Congratulations to the Blomkamp Team for winning the first men’s place and TRIN Ladies for winning the Women’s 1st place!! Thank you to all of our golfers and to the entire Garrett Country Club staff for working through the rain to partner with us! We would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this event successful and for their support of St. Martin’s Healthcare.

Thank you to our Great Ball Drop Partner: Credo Family Medicine; to our Lunch Partners: Ashley Industrial Molding, Auburn Hills Animal Hospital, Auburn Dental Associates, Garrett State Bank, P.E.P, and Steel Dynamics; to our Golf Cart Partners: Dr. K. Michael Hayes, Nucor Fastener, Nucor Building Systems, Scheumann Dental Associates, and Vision Source; and to our Hole Partners: AMI Investment Management, Brinkerhoff Law, Custer Grain, Custom Coating, Campbell & Fetter Bank, Cordes & Associates Financial Group, Edward Jones: Duane B Schuman, Elks Lodge 1194-Kendallville, Feller Clark Funeral Home, Fort Wayne Orthopedics, Garrett Country Club, Hicksville Bank, Italian Grille, Insurance Trustees, Signature Construction, Tara Martinez Photography, Tri Kappa of Auburn, Vulcraft, Walmart D.C. #6074 and Yoder Ford.

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals that donated Raffle Prizes and Gifts for the Golfers including, Auburn City Steakhouse, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Best-One Tire Service, Big Splash Adventure, Buffalo Wild Wings - Auburn, Casey's General Store, Cebolla's Mexican Grill, Cincinnati Reds, Circle K Gas Station, Classic City Center, The COLTS, Combat Ops Entertainment, Costco Fort Wayne Store, Crazy Pinz, DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Falling Upward Designs, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Garrett Bowl, Garrett State Bank, Hoham Feed & Seed, Hop River Brewing Company, Indiana Physical Therapy- Ft. Wayne, Italian Grille, Kathy's Kountry Kitchen, Lassus Bros. Oil, Inc., Lazer X, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Man Crates, Mary Ann Made Custom Cupcakes, Menards Home & Garden- Angola, Mike's Car Wash, Miller's Market, NAPA AUTO Shop- Garrett, NCG- Auburn, Nikolaus Caswell, The Obi Cai Restaurant Group, O'Reilly's Auto Parts-Kendallville, Peg Perego USA, Pine Valley Country Club, Sechler's Fine Pickles, The Fox Den Coffee Shop, The Bowser Family, The Burrell Family, The Johnson Family, The Stafford Family, The Sonnenberg Family, Three Rivers Distilling Co., Ultra Zone Laser Tag, Walmart Supercenter- Kendallville, Walmart Supercenter- Auburn, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub, and the YMCA of DeKalb Co.

Last but not least, thank you to all of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and board members who gave their time and energy to make these events such a big success. With the support and generosity of our communities, St. Martin’s Healthcare can provide medical, dental, vision, prescription assistance, and mental health counseling for those in DeKalb and Noble Counties that are uninsured or under-insured. This year, we exceeded our fundraising goal, thanks to our powerful community. The clinic, which begins its 17th year of service in October, is funded entirely by grants, donations, and fundraisers such as these events. We are very appreciative of the communities support. As always, the proceeds raised from the concert and the golf outing will support the mission of St. Martin’s Healthcare and our services.

This SATURDAY is Kid City 2021 from 10 AM to 3 PM

Published: August 2, 2021

St. Martin’s Healthcare Staff will host an interactive booth about healthy eating at the Noble County Community Fair Grounds. All participants will be given FREE school supplies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and have a chance to win a GIFT CARD!

  • About the Event: Kid City is set up like an actual city with five different “neighborhoods.” It is a fun and interactive experience for you and your family. Each neighborhood has a different focus topic- Arts/Culture, Communication, Community, Environment/Science, and Health/Fitness.

  • Location: Noble County Community Fair Grounds 580 Fair St Kendallville, IN 46755 Map to Fairgrounds

  • We look forward to seeing you in the Health and Fitness Neighborhood! You DO NOT want to miss this!

**Many other Noble County resources will also be present! From toddlers to middle schoolers, #KidCity to be a fun and educational adventure! Free lunch is available for the kids.

Swinging for St. Martin's

Published: July 10, 2021

On August 7th, 2021, St. Martin's Healthcare will once again be hosting their 13th Annual Benefit Golf Scramble - Swingin' for St. Martins at the Garrett Country Club.

Click Here to Register Your Golf Team Online

Click here to Download the Golfer Brochure PDF

The scramble begins with check-in and a continental breakfast at 7:00 am. Preceding the 8:00 am tee-off time, The Great Golf Ball Drop will be held. Chances to win $500 cash by purchasing a golf ball for $25 will be available. The Team Registration Fee of $360 includes 18 holes of golf, yummy lunch, two beverage tickets, a gift for each golfer, and the opportunity to spend a day on the links while supporting St. Martin's Healthcare and its services to the uninsured and under-insured.

Mulligans and Skins Games are offered in addition to fun games at designated holes. Prizes will be rewarded to the top three men's teams and the first place ladies' team. Popular golf contests for the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and the Longest Putt are also included. Golfers and their fans may browse the many "Bucket" gift packages and take their chance on winning their favorite. Annually, local businesses, individuals, and organizations contribute to these 'Buckets" by donating their products and services.

If you have any questions, please contact Grace Caswell, Director of Development at or by calling the clinic at 260-357-0077.

St. Martin’s Healthcare earned a 2021 Gold Rating from the NAFC Quality Standards Program

Published: June 29, 2021

NAFC Standards Seal

St. Martin’s Healthcare earned a 2021 Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program. By self-attesting that the organization has certain policies and procedures in place, it is able to highlight its commitment to providing quality care to patients.

The mission of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics is to ensure the medically underserved have access to affordable health care. The NAFC and its members are dedicated to ensuring that patients receive quality health care. To quantify and qualify the care provided at the Free and Charitable Clinic network, the NAFC formalized a set of Quality Standards for member organizations.

Dr. Trina Chapman-Smith, Medical Director, states “We are very excited to be awarded a Gold Rating again in 2021! This recognition validates the effort of so many volunteers and our staff, especially in an extremely difficult time over the last year for providing top-notch care. Tammy Stafford, Executive Director echoes Dr. Chapman-Smith’s sentiments. “I am extremely proud of our entire workforce for being so flexible providing a high quality healthcare in our community.

NAFC Members voluntarily submit information to the NAFC on the various policies and procedures in place to attain their standards rating and attest/pledge that they successfully incorporate these standards within their organization.

NAFC Quality Standards elements include policies and procedures related to the following areas: Administrative, Enhanced Access and Continuity of Care, Identifying and Managing Patient Population information, Planning and Managing Care, Providing Self-Care Support and Community Resources, Tracking and Coordinating Care, and Measuring and Improving Performance.

For more information on the NAFC, please visit For more information on St. Martin’s Healthcare, please visit

West Noble Sports Physicals with St. Martin's Healthcare - Tuesday May 18th

Published: April 29, 2021

"West Noble in Ligonier and St. Martin’s Healthcare are partnering to provide high school and middle school students with affordable, convenient physicals which will be done during the school day.

Physicals will be done Tuesday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school. A donation of $20 is expected by St. Martin’s Healthcare. Cash, money orders, or checks are accepted. Checks should be made payable to St. Martin’s Healthcare.

Students may pick up forms from the high school or middle school main offices. Students should return the forms and payment to the school nurse as soon as possible."

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