Tree of Life health clinic opens doors to community

TUPELO – The Tree of Life/Arbol de la Vida Free Clinic is sharing its mission and expanding its capacity.
The Tupelo mission clinic, which provides free basic medical care and medicine to the uninsured, will host a community open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at its building 541 W. Main St.
Calvary Baptist Church offered the vacant building for the clinic’s use, but churches around the area and the larger community have supported the clinic.
“This has been a joint effort,” said retired Tupelo pediatrician Dr. Bill Hilbun, a Tree of Life board member.
Starting in July, the Tree of Life will add a second clinic day, the first Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“Unfortunately, there’s a need,” said Dr. Joe Bailey, who joined with other physicians and community advocates to start the clinic based on their experiences with foreign mission clinics.
The mission clinic, which began in January, opened its West Main Street location in May.
“We’ve had more than 100 people each time,” Bailey said.
The clinic offers basic medical care and free medications to people who have no private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. There are no residency, age, employment or income requirements.
Bailey said more volunteers are needed, especially health care providers.

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Tree of Life Free Clinic
– Open House: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
541 W. Main St.
– Next clinics: 9 a.m. June 19; 5 p.m. July 7
– Parking: Parking is available in front and behind the clinic, Calvary Baptist Church and on West Main Street
– More information: (662) 841-8777

Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal