A Free Clinic in Greene County, Virginia
An independent healthcare facility for low income uninsured
Providing quality patient care since 2005
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In April 2005, a group of Greene County residents began meeting to discuss how to help their neighbors who did not have health insurance.
It was realized that many uninsured Greene County citizens were using distant hospital emergency rooms for their health care, and many could not afford to buy their medications. It was estimated that about 1,800 people in the County were uninsured, and were not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare.
The decision was made to start an independent nonprofit clinic in Greene County to serve the uninsured.
Now, over nine years later, the demand for the services of the Clinic has proven the need. There were over 900 visits to the Clinic in 2013.
Since the start of the "great recession" in 2008, there has been an increase in first-time patients who have lost their health insurance because they lost their job, and they can't afford to buy heath insurance on their own. Others are without health insurance because their employer no longer provides health insurance for its employees. Unfortunately the Clinic has not been able to make its service known to all those in the County who are uninsured and in need of health care.
Executive Director Janet Call notes that the overall health of a community is adversely affected when some of its members do not have the means to get adequate medical care. Many of our neighbors who work to keep the community safe and running are not covered by insurance. The Clinic helps these residents and their families stay healthy, stay on the job and keep all of us healthier.
Now the Clinic's biggest need is for more volunteers. With more volunteers the Clinic could be open more hours. The clinic is looking for nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.