The Free Medical Clinic will celebrate its fifth anniversary with an open house on Friday, May 15. The community is invited to drop by between 4 and 7 p.m. for refreshments and a tour of the clinic, a press release said.
FMC is located at 116 East Division Road (behind Zaxby’s) in Oak Ridge.
“While receiving accolades from patients is not the driving force for FMC volunteers, most would agree that the cards and letters they receive from grateful patients make all of their efforts worthwhile,” said FMC Executive Director Teresa Brittain. “However, while one side of the gratefulness coin is being thanked, the other side is having an opportunity to express thanks. We plan to do just that at our open house.
“We could not exist without our broad base of supporters, the staff and Board of Directors, volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and support personnel who give their time and expertise. Adding to that list are others in the local medical community, such as specialists and Methodist Medical Center, plus the civic groups, churches, businesses, and individuals who, through their financial support, help change the lives of our neighbors and friends by helping to provide access to basic health care. The FMC slogan ‘People Caring for People’ says volumes about our community.”
Since opening in January 2010, nearly 4,000 patients have been seen in more than 20,000 visits. FMC provides primary care to patients needing care for diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and other serious chronic illnesses. Also, the clinic offers classes in smoking cessation, nutrition for individuals with diabetes, and other subjects promoting healthier life styles.
FMC serves residents of Anderson, Roane, and Morgan Counties who do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay for medical services due to their income level, the press release said.
For more information on the open house please call (865) 483- 3904. To learn more about the clinic, visit www.fmcor.org.