Corinth to open free medical clinic

news_medical_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Corinth soon will offer medical support to people without health insurance or the ability to pay at the Living Healthy Free Medical Clinic.

Services will be offered starting March 22 at the community facility operated by the Easom Outreach Foundation that formerly housed South Corinth Elementary School, said spokeswoman Ann Walker.

“Our plan now is to be open twice a month, the second Wednesday and the fourth Saturday from 1-5 p.m.,” Walker said.

The idea to open the clinic originated with Dr. Tom Sweat, a retired Corinth physician who has served the community throughout his life, she said.

“By word-of-mouth he made known his desire and called on people he thought would be interested,” Walker said.

Two physicians and 15 medical and non-medical volunteers have stepped forward, and they’re inviting all medical staff at Magnolia Regional Health Center and others in the community to help.

“The focus is to teach healthy living and keep people out of the emergency room for conditions that do not require emergency care,” said Walker, a nurse and director of MRHC Home Health and Hospice. “We hope we can teach people to develop healthy lifestyles while the clinic treats acute and chronic illnesses.”

Some criteria that have been established for those using the clinic include:

• Services will be provided to people with no health insurance, no Medicare, no Medicaid and no ability to pay.

• Services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and no appointments will be taken.

• The clinic will see adults and older children, and pediatrics only if there is a pediatrician on site.

• No pain medications will be provided, and medicines will not be free. Prescriptions will be written from the $4 drug list.

• All service providers in the clinic will be volunteers.

Locating in the Easom Outreach Foundation building was a good match because EOF was already developing a health resource center to coach people with chronic diseases to self-manage and help them stay out of the emergency room, Walker said.

The clinic entrance is on the Crater Street side of the building, with signs to direct people to service.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to call (662) 415-9446 or (662) 284-7361.

To make a donation, go to the EOF website at www.easomoutreachfoundation.org, where the donation link will take you to CREATE Foundation, and you can designate the free clinic.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com

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Living Healthy Free Clinic

What: Free clinic opening

When: Noon-4 p.m. March 22, 2014

Where: Easom Outreach Foundation, 700 S. Crater St., Corinth

For more information: (662) 415-9446, (662) 284-7361