The FCC was a solo private practice started by Dr. Lucinda Bateman in 2000, following 10 years of small group general internal medicine practice. Initially the focus of the FCC was careful diagnosis and supportive care for patients with unexplained chronic fatigue and pain, but the capacity for research specifically related to ME/CFS and FM grew quickly due to a devoted staff, the large well defined patient population, and emergence of clinical trials related to these illnesses.
By 2014 the FCC had supervised or engaged in more than 40 clinical trials, thanks to the willingness of patients and members of the community to participate in research. FCC patients have participated in multiple FM drug trials and several multi-site studies of ME/CFS with co-investigators from the CDC, Columbia University, Harvard, Stanford, University of Miami, University of Nevada, CFS Centers in New York City, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
Dr. Bateman has served on the boards of IACFSME, the CFIDS Association of America (now the Solve ME/CFS Initiative) and OFFER, in addition to participating on the FibroCollaborative (guidelines for management of FM), the CFS Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Chronic Fatigue Initiative and collaborating with the CDC, FDA, NIH (State of the Knowledge Workshop - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Research), and an Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) Committee on educational and research projects.
In 2001, a generous donation to Dr. Bateman by the Marion D. and Maxine C. Hanks Foundation was used to establish the Organization for Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Education and Research (OFFER), a small, local 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to ME/CFS and FM. At the time, people with ME/CFS and FM were misunderstood and negatively stereotyped, making good diagnosis and treatment largely inaccessible. OFFER pioneered an early commitment to education for the public and health care providers about research and treatment advances that are now part of mainstream medicine.
OFFER was an all-volunteer nonprofit organization awarded 501(c)3 status in 2002. It’s mission was to improve community resources for patients with ME/CFS and FM, educate medical providers, patients, and the general public, advocate on behalf of patients, and support research investigating the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of ME/CFS and FM.
Since inception OFFER implemented its mission through educational conferences for medical providers, educational conferences and events for patients and the general public, public educational lectures, and professionally directed open support groups. In recent years, many of our educational lectures have been filmed, edited, and placed on our YouTube channel, which can be accessed HERE.
The Bateman Horne Center was formed in 2015 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization, merging the Fatigue Consultation Clinic (FCC) and the Organization for Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Education & Research (OFFER) into one nonprofit with a national - even international - footprint. We envision a world where patients with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia are readily diagnosed, effectively treated and widely met with empathy and understanding.
Our Mission: Empowering Patients, Advancing Research and Improving Clinical Care for all those impacted by ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia.