Lift Up Springfield, Medical and Dental Mission Clinic

"Lift Up Springfield" was founded in 2014 by Dr. Tricia Derges, for the purpose of providing both medical and dental care to the poor and homeless of Springfield, SW Missouri, the community she has called home for almost 40 years.  Lift Up Springfield will also serve patients in other county's and states that need help.  Most of her years in the Springfield area were spent raising her family and providing jobs in her company to the needy and sheltered workshops.  She created the community's first home bound work program designed for single moms, the elderly and people that were not able to hold down regular jobs due to poor health or other difficult circumstances.  This community contribution was personally recognized by President George Bush in 2004.   

"Lift Up Springfield" depends upon YOU. 

Without YOU we can't exist.  

Bless your life by "Lifting Up" another!

Dr. Tricia Derges, M.D.

How "Lift Up Springfield" came to be

After she and her husband finished raising their 8 children she made the decision to go to medical school so that she could help people in a much bigger way. She was blessed to be able to do all of her clinical training in her hometown at Cox Hospital from 2012 - 2014, studying under some of the top doctors and surgeons in the state of Missouri. She is eternally grateful to these amazing doctors: Dr. Michael Galindo, Dr. Timothy Woods , Dr. William Moore, Dr. Anthony Richmond, Dr. Michael Hanks, Dr. James Gibson,

Dr. Edgar Galinanes, Dr. Rebecca Farinas, Dr. Jamie Jones, and Dr. Salim Rahman.

Throughout her medical training she saw many people turned down for medical care because they either did not "qualify" (it's hard to qualify when you don't have an address because you live in a car or at the railroad tracks) or they simply could not afford the cost of the tiered income fees. Tricia also found that a large part of the illnesses in her patients was due to poor dental hygiene because they could not afford dental care. Time and time again she watched helplessly as patients simply went home to pull their own teeth with pliers. And the most sobering thing she found was that many of these people were once our teachers, community servants and veterans that had fought for our freedom, all had fallen on hard times. As a Christian and a physician that had been trained to take care of the sick and afflicted and who had participated in a medical mission to developing villages in Nicaragua, she decided that a medical mission, to include both medical and dental care was critically needed in Springfield. As she states "If we can provide this type of care in missions for others, there is no excuse for not providing it here".

Today, "Lift Up Springfield" has grown and is now providing medical, dental, psychiatric, chiropractic and pain massage therapy to its patients.  The clinic is also very happy that it has now become an educational and clinical training resource to medical students, from DO and MD medical schools located throughout Missouri.  It is also a clinical training site for nursing and dental students from local and state universities and trade schools.   "Lift Up Springfield" has been blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers: doctors, dentist, nurses, counselors from Burrell Mental Health, dental hygienist and assistants, pharmacist, office staff, medical students, interpreters, nursing and dental students, businesses, colleges, schools and churches that make our "Lift Up" lunches, energy, those that give supplies, medicines and open up their wallets to help "Lift Up" their fellow man. 

Lift Up's reach has now helped people in at least 6 states:  MO, AR, IL, IA, OK, CO.   We are also listed on all area emergency rooms as a follow up source.  The goal of the clinic is to continue to expand its space and its services in order to provide even more help to more people.  Lift Up would love and appreciate any help you can be in order to make these dreams come true.  Dr. Derges is very grateful for those who can help sponsor the clinic so that the needed equipment and space can be acquired.  Lift Up is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  If your company has not found a worthwhile cause to help sponsor, Lift Up would be eternally grateful for your help in making our goal possible! 

Your help will truly touch the lives of many, many people and your life will be blessed!  Promise!

She has been referred to as a "modern day" Patch Adams. Tricia states that she is honored by that comparison. "Patch Adams set the example that all doctor's should try and emulate. It is up to us to bring hope into our patients lives and we can only do that through the human touch. This means laughing, crying, and listening to our patients so that they know how important they really are. There is not a day that goes by that I don't see people that have literally been forgotten and believe they are not important to anyone." 

This clinic has been such a becon of light to so many.  Tricia will tell you that she sees the lives of both patients and volunteers change every single week.  She will always tell you that the "clinic is like a great drug that you can't get enough of.  We go non-stop for 12 hours or more on most days: never sitting down, never eating or finding the bathroom, but you never even notice! You never get tired of watching pain turn into a smile".

SPRINGFIELD

In March 2017, Dr. Derges was awarded the 2017 Jefferson Award for the contributions made to the under-served population.  She will travel to Washington DC this summer to address the healthcare needs of the under-served of the Ozarks.