Free Clinic set to open doors Feb. 28
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BENTON — The Marshall County Free Clinic announced healthcare providers will begin to see patients on Feb. 28.

Kristin David, assistant clinic director, said patients would be seen by appointment only. Potential patients my schedule an appointment at the clinic during office hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 25, 26 and 27 at the clinic. The clinic will not be seeing patients during these office hours. In the alternative, people who think they would qualify as clinic patients may call 270-703-8995 or email marshallcountyfreeclinic@gmail.com.

To qualify as a clinic patient, a person must be a Marshall County resident, uninsured, provide proof of working 15 hours or more per week and not qualify for any governmental assistance.

“The first step is to make contact with the clinic,” David said. “Come to the office, call or email. There is some paperwork that will need to be started. Bring proof of residency and employment.”

David said the clinic anticipates limiting its patient census to 10 patients until operational needs are better understood. She added most patients at first will be seen for chronic conditions like hypertension or diabetes, and will require long-term prescription management. As the clinic develops, she anticipates the patient body to grow to 20-25 patients. As more volunteer healthcare providers are identified, she hopes to add a second clinic night for patients to be seen.

“The main thing is we don't want people to get sicker,” David said. “We will offer access for patients to see a practitioner and nursing staff, and they will have access to a lab and a pharmacy.”

David said while the clinic will start with more chronic conditions, it may have some slots for acute conditions, like a sudden sickness. For patients requiring the care of a specialist, David said the clinic will mare referrals as appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

The clinic needs additional trained healthcare personnel as volunteers. Doctors, physicians assistants, nurse practitioners and others are needed on a volunteer basis to provide care on Thursday nights, David said. If enough practitioners volunteer, David said the clinic will open a second night.

Preparing to open next week, the clinic needs more paper towels and toilet paper. Donations will be accepted at the clinic at 501 George McClain Drive, Suite C in Benton. David said the clinic also needs monetary contributions for operational expenses. The clinic is expecting to obtain 501.c3 non-profit status, so donations will be tax-deductible retroactively. Donations may be sent to the clinic's address.
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