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Free medical clinic begins accepting patients Oct. 17

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By The Staff

The Anderson County Community Medical Clinic, Inc., a non-profit free medical clinic located at 1111 Industry Road in Lawrenceburg, is scheduling appointments starting Oct.  17 in preparation for its official opening Nov. 13.
Patients will be screened and referred to the clinic through the Anderson County Health Department, located at 1180 Glensboro Road. Qualifications for receiving clinic services will be:
l Having a diagnosed chronic illness
l No insurance
l Being over the age of 18
Anyone who qualifies and wants an appointment must call the Anderson County Health Department at 839-4551. There will be no walk-ins accepted at the clinic.
According to a press release from clinic volunteers, the vision for the facility was to “provide free medical care to adults who suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol levels.)”
The clinic will be open every Tuesday evening from 6-9, or until last patient is seen and clinic is cleaned and locked.  
Volunteers will go through training for HIPAA, blood borne pathogens, OSHA TB, and other training as directed by board. The first training was held Oct. 6.  Future training will be scheduled before Nov. 13.
Volunteer applications may be requested by e-mail at carolnagel@bellsouth.net.
“Our hope is that the clinic will make an improvement in the quality of life of those we serve,” the clinic’s press release said. “The clinic board wishes to thank the community for its support and look forward to the success of the Anderson County Community Medical Clinic Inc.”
The project originated in 2009 within the Health & Nutrition Committee of the organization known as Anderson County Community of Promise. Community of Promise, which was organized in 2002, is made up entirely of volunteers who share the goal of identifying and addressing human needs within the community.
Medical professionals throughout the community have stepped forwarded during the planning process to volunteer their services to staff the clinic when the doors are open.
These professionals include physicians, RNs, nurse practitioners and clinic support staff.
Dr. Kenneth Hines is the medical director and Mary Schram is in charge of nursing care.
The clinic’s board of directors are Opal Phillips, chairman; Darleen Urban, vice chairman; Wendy Shouse, treasurer; Jane Bennett, secretary; and Carol Steward, community representative.