Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – The Marshall County Free Clinic has a tentative opening date of Feb. 15.
Nurse practitioner Judy Smith made the announcement at a meeting of the board of directors on Jan. 22. Smith is a member of the board and a volunteer at the clinic.
Kristin David, assistant director at the clinic, said the start date is contingent on the start of laboratory analysis service provided by LabCorps.
“I’m glad we finally have an opening date, even if it is just a tentative date,” said Justin Lamb, a board member and the clinic’s director of communications.
Lamb said the clinic will be open every Tuesday. Potential patients may pick up a number between 10 and 11 a.m. and will be seen in order after 3:45 p.m. The clinic serves the working uninsured. Patients must be employed at least 15 hours per week to be seen at the clinic.
Smith said physicians Graham Smith, Clark Harris, Louis Forte, Julia Lyles, Edwin Perez and Christina Brown have volunteered to provide services at the clinic. Dr. Bradley Albertson will also volunteer once the clinic is in operation. The clinic has also received an agreement to provide free or low cost services from specialists in the fields of gastrointerolgy, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology and pulmonary health. The clinic will also feature a room for minor outpatient procedures to be performed on premises.
“Our state license is ready, and the clinic is starting to look really good,” Smith said.
In other business, the clinic accepted two checks, each for $1,000, from the Draffenville Lions Club and the Draffenville Community Center presented by Ray Langston. As chairman of the board, Timothy Polley accepted the donations with gratitude.
Smith requested additional volunteers for the clinic, both with medical training and the untrained. She said untrained workers could handle clerical duties and would be trained in clinic procedures in small groups. Applications are available at the Marshall County Judge-Executive’s office.