Letter: Riverside’s generosity essential to free clinic
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 - 01:00 PM Printer Friendly View
Thanks to the generosity of Riverside Health System, the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic has been able to reach out to thousands of uninsured people who have been hit the hardest by the economy. In 2012, the free clinic provided medical, dental and health education services, valued at more than $13.3 million, to over 2,000 patients. Riverside Walter Reed Hospital coordinated or provided care to those patients amounting to more than $4.2 million.
Riverside became a partner with the free clinic at its inception in 1998, donating a medical office in Hayes for clinic operations and providing valuable hospital services to the clinic’s indigent patients. Over the past 15 years, Riverside has provided patient services, event sponsorship and volunteer services from staff and physicians. Thanks to Riverside’s generosity, the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic has been able to continue to grow to meet community needs.
In January 2014, the free clinic will move to a new location in the Gloucester Business Park where the clinic will have six exam rooms, an expanded pharmacy, a dental clinic, a kitchen to teach culinary skills to diabetic patients, space for behavioral health services to be provided in partnership with the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board and space for a patient education program. The clinic is also working on national accreditation as a Patient Centered Medical Home.
The Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic board, staff, volunteers and patients thank Riverside Health System for its contributions which have helped the clinic reach this level of growth. We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Riverside and hope that other community health partners will join us to serve those in need.
It is good to work in a community where we take care of our own. Riverside’s contribution to the free clinic is demonstrative of its commitment to improve the quality of life for families on the Middle Peninsula.
Kay G. Bradley
Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic