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Free Clinic to open

February 10, 2012

The First Baptist Church of Antlers will be opening a free medical clinic and pharmacy beginning February 23, 2012. The clinic will be open once a month on the last Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The Clinic will be located at 511 East Main Street, inside the Antlers Manor Nursing Home, across from the Pushmataha County Hospital. The Clinic will operate as first come first serve, no appointments.

The policy of this clinic will be to provide free medical services to people who are not covered by any type of health insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, and who cannot afford to buy such insurance. in order to comply with the guidelines for operation of a free clinic, each patient will be required to supply current income verification information for clinic accountability.

This Clinic will be completely volunteer operated and the First Baptist Church expressed extreme gratitude for the overwhelming number of volunteers who have signed up to help operate this Christian based ministry.

“We are so fortunate for the items that have been donated from the community to help supply this Clinic,” said First Baptist Church member and Clinic Director Richard Allen. “The only thing that we had to purchase was the shelving for the pharmacy area.”

The Antlers Manor Nursing Home helped to prepare the area the Clinic will function from by placing air conditioners in the area, thermal windows and putting up blinds; The Pushmataha Hospital donated all of the exam beds and chairs and May’s Home Health is contributing walkers, cane and other such items.

“This Clinic is being organized to meet the needs, the best they can, of the community,” said Allen. “The churches priority is focusing on the community, not just the congregation.”

To help make the Clinic operate smoothly, and so they can help as many people as possible, if medication is received by a patient that has allowed refills, the patient can come back to the clinic and sign in for the Pharmacy side and get the prescription refilled without having to see t he doctor again. The only refills and prescriptions that will be filled at the Clinic are ones wrote to patients by the Clinic. No outside prescriptions will be filled for patients.

The start up of the Clinic has shown just how the community bands together to help those who might need a hand. The following were involved in making this Clinic come together: The Antlers Manor Nursing Home, Kathy Chapell, Mitchell Townson and Jr. Hatlorn; The Pushmataha County Hospital, Steven Poe, Robert Higby, The Mays Home Health, Terry Draper, Sandy Dunson, Complete Care Medical, Victor Clay, Dr. Michael Irvin, Dr. Sean Boone, Pharmacist Blaine Polk and Pharmacist Mike Berry.

Volunteers are always welcome!!! If you would like to volunteer you time to the Clinic, or if you have any questions, please contact the First Baptist Church of Antlers office at 580-298-3374.

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