Free clinic opens in Claiborne County

Free clinic opens in Claiborne County

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A new clinic opened its doors in Speedwell Thursday morning and will offer several much needed services to qualifying low income families. A new clinic opened its doors in Speedwell Thursday morning and will offer several much needed services to qualifying low income families.
The building that was once home to Powell Valley's Vocational School will now be the primary health care facility for a large portion of the county's residents. The building that was once home to Powell Valley's Vocational School will now be the primary health care facility for a large portion of the county's residents.
Inside they will provide a wide range of dental services and medical care as well as referrals to social services. Inside they will provide a wide range of dental services and medical care as well as referrals to social services.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

SPEEDWELL (WATE) - Uninsured residents of Claiborne County and the surrounding area now have access to free health care.

A new clinic opened its doors in Speedwell Thursday morning and will offer several much needed services to qualifying low income families.

The building that was once home to Powell Valley's Vocational School will now be the primary health care facility for a large portion of the county's residents.

"There is a very great number of people here who have no insurance and very limited incomes therefore they don't get any medical care or good medical care," said Coordinator of Spiritual Care Donald Aven.

Aven says a 2010 study showed one-third of the county qualified for the health care. That's when a group of local churches got together to address the need and formed Servolution Health Services.

"The community support has gotten behind us and raised funds," said Executive Director Edwin Robertson. "Our county commission has given money. The Claiborne County Hospital has given us money."

The Claiborne County Board of Education provided the building. A 40-year lease for a dollar a year.

Inside they will provide a wide range of dental services and medical care as well as referrals to social services.

Aside from a handful of paid workers the clinic will be staffed by volunteers.

"The doctors, the nurses, the people doing pastoral care like me, all of those are volunteers," said Aven.

With more volunteers, they hope to eventually offer more services.

Now that the clinic is up and running, they will begin work on the building next door where their thrift store and food pantry will move to make way for a state of the art wellness center.

If you are a healthcare provider and would like information about volunteering contact Edwin Robertson at (865) 207-5814, or Alicia Metcalf at (606) 269-8623.

To find out more information about volunteering you can also email volunteer@servolutionheathservices.org.

If interested in making a donation to help the efforts of Servolution, mail it to:

Servolution Health Services, Inc.
Attn: Alicia Metcalf
245 Powell Valley School Lane
Speedwell, TN 37870.

Donations can also be made online at www.servolutionhealthservices.org.

To make an appointment, call the clinic at (276) 445-1067 and leave a message with your name, phone number and the healthcare need you have.

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