Free Clinic treats 1,600 in two years

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The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge has treated more than 1,600 individuals in 4,500 individual visits during its first two years of operation, board members recently learned during a three-year strategic planning meeting.

The goal of the board is to continue the clinic’s mission, “People Caring for People,” and to increase services and hours at the clinic, which sees a number of patients from Roane County.

The daylong event gave the 12-member board the opportunity to use their individual diverse skills and experience to collectively set clinic goals.  

Comprised of men and women from the community, the clinic board represents various professions, leadership skills and volunteer experiences.

New to the board are Martin Bauer, Christine Lee, Ken Sommerfeld, Priscilla Spitzer and Julie Utterback.

Newly elected officers include President Dr. Tanya Vargas, Vice President Ann Munz, Secretary Mayme Crowell and Treasurer Martin Bauer.

Continuing as medical director is Dr. James Michel. Other returning members include James Barnes, Maureen Hoyt and Michael McCutcheon.  

Retiring board members James Giles, John Yarbrough, Mary Helen Rose, Sharon Cabe and Pat Petrie were all part of the small group of clinic founders whose idea changed the mindset attitude from “something must be done” to “we must do something,” and rolled up their sleeves to help get the clinic started.   

The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge provides free primary health and wellness services to those who live in Oak Ridge and surrounding communities who do not have health insurance and or access to medical care due to their income level.   

The clinic is in Trinity Center, just west of Willowbrook Elementary School at 320 Robertsville Road in Oak Ridge.

Appointments may be made by calling 865-483-3904 between 9 a.m. and noon weekdays.

The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge is a nonprofit primarily volunteer-staffed organization.  

Those who want to support the clinic may mail a tax-deductible gift to Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 5466, Oak Ridge, TN 37831.

Donations are also accepted online at www.fmcor.org.