Greene County Welcomes Free Clinic

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

September 12, 2005

Two million Virginians each year are not able to afford health insurance. However, one county is ready to change that.

"People who don't have health insurance are really suffering in our society now because they really really struggle to try to find help with medications, help with chronic illnesses," said Janet Call, the Executive Director of the Greene Care Clinic.

Thanks to JABA, who donated the space, working Greene County residents who are making income below the poverty level will be able to get the help they need.

Mondays and Thursdays their hallway transforms into a free clinic run by 10 volunteers.

"I live here, these are my neighbors," said Mary Preston, a clinic volunteer.

The volunteer medical staff will service about 1,500 eligible residents at the Greene Care Clinic. It provides basic health care services you would get at a doctor's office. Patients receive a medical exam, basic laboratory test, and prescriptions.

"[All of these prescriptions] have all been donated," said Call. It only costs patients a few dollars per visit. The non-profit clinic runs on the kindness of others.

"Financially we have had an amazing opportunity in that an anonymous donor has given us an $100,000 matching donation, so dollar for dollar up to $100,000," said Call.

With the communities help Delegate Rob Bell and Senator Emmett Hanger helped cut the ribbon and open the hallway to improving peoples lives.

"They will come and get care that they could not get otherwise because this community stepped up to the plate," said Delegate Rob Bell, (R) 58th District.

"It's tremendous when the community makes this commitment," said VA Senator Emmett Hanger, (R) 24th District.

Patients are seen by appointment only. The non-profit clinic is open Monday and Thursday nights from 6 until 8:30 p.m.

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