(Corinth, MS) Volunteers have signedup to make a clinic in Corinth, Miss., successful.
The Living Healthy Free Medical Clinic in the old South Corinth Elementary School offers medical support for those in Alcorn County without insurance or unable to pay for medical care.
It’s the dream of a retired Corinth physician, who hopes the clinic inspires people to take their health seriously by clearing the way for uninsured people in Alcorn County to get the medical care they need, but can’t afford.
At the Living Healthy Free Medical Clinic in Corinth, signing up for an exam is simple.
Retired Corinth physician Dr. Thomas Sweat wanted it that way.
“No insurance, no Medicare, no Medicaid and no ability to pay. We don’t charge anyone,” said Dr. Sweat.
It’s been Sweat’s dream to open the clinic and draw doctors, nurses, and volunteers from the community, and keep the clinic opened for two full days every month.
“Everybody’s a volunteer, nobody gets paid, there’s no funds involved,” said Sweat.
No pain medication will be provided at the clinic, but certain prescriptions will be written.
The goal is to keep uninsured people from using the local emergency room for conditions that don’t require emergency care.
The clinic aims to teach patients ways to stay healthy longer by practicing self-management and even providing a health coach to make sure they’re following the doctors orders.
“We all know that what gets monitored, improves. So, we’re hoping that self-management will help patients to be more responsible,” said spokesperson Ann Walker.
There’s already been a outpouring of people who want to volunteer at the clinic, people like Synell Ross who feel it’s the right thing to do.
“I kind of wanted to feel as if I’m contributing to the community. My way of giving back,” said Ross.
Hazel Garner has worked in the medical field and wants to volunteer.
He thinks the clinic will be a big plus in the community.
“It’s going to be beneficial. We all praying and hoping for that. We need it,” said Garner.
The clinic is opened on the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m.
Doctors will see adults and children over the age of 12.
Patients are seen on first-come first-serve basis.