Greenville Free Medical Clinic upgrades eye clinic with donation


FRI FRIENDS. SUPPLY THEM WITH GLASSES OR IN SOME CASES SURGERY. LASERS AND CAN LITERALLY CHANGE THEIR LIVES BY SAVING THEIR VISION IN THE FUTURE. PRETTY INCREDIBLE, RIGHT? THE FREE MEDICAL CLINIC HAS NOW UPGRADED IT’S EYE CLINIC AFTER A GENEROUS DONATION. AS THEY RECEIVED NEARLY 100,000 DOLLARS FOR THE GOLF FOR GREENVILLE TOURNAMENTS. ANNE MAXWELL IS JOINING US AT 7 ON MAIN WITH MORE. THIS COLLIN SICK FREE FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY, AND IT DEPENDS ONLY ON DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS. SOMETIMES PATIENTS CAN GET THEIR SIGHT BACK. NICK MCCLAIN HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING AT THE CLINIC SINCE 1993. HE GETS A LOT OUT OF IT. THE SATISFACTION OF KNOWING WE CAN CHANGE PEOPLE’S LIVES. PATIENTS GET A LOT TOO. IT’S FREE FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT INSURANCE AND FOR 200 PERCENT BELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL. ACCORDING TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUZIE FOLEY NEARLY 27 PEOPLE QUALIFY. THERE’S A LARGE NUMBER OF OUR NEIGHBORS IN WHAT THEY CALL, THE MEDICAID GAP. THEY DON’T MAKE ENOUGH HOUSEHOLD INCOME TO QUALIFY FOR THE SUBSIDIES AND THE TAX CREDITS ON THE EXCHANGES FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PLANS YET THEY DID NOT GET COVERED UNDER MEDICAID EXPANSION. THERE’S NO FUNDING FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO WHEN THEY RECEIVED NEARLY 100,000 DOLLARS GOLF FOR GREENVILLE TOURNAMENT IT MEANT A LOT. IT MEANS WE WON’T HAVE TO RELY ON THE GENEROSITY OF THE PRIVATE OFFICES TO CAKE CARE OF PATIENTS WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO SEND OUT BEFORE. THEY CAN BETTER SERVE PATIENTS WITH EYE COMPLICATION DUE TO DIABETES. WE TREAT A LOT OF THE DIABETICS WHO MAY NOT KNOW THEY HAVE A SERIOUS EYE PROBLEM THAT’S A THREAT TO THEIR FUTURE VISION. SOMETIMES THEY CAN HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY LOST IR THAT VISION. PATIENTS HAVE BASICALLY BEEN LEGALLY BLIND FROM CATARACTS THAT HAVE HAD CATARACT OPERATIONS AND NOW THEY CAN GO BACK TO WORK AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. THE CLINIC OPENED LAST WEEK AND THAT IS LOCATED ON ARLINGTON AVENUE NEAR ST. FRANCIS DOWNTOWN. WE’LL POST THE LINK ON OUR WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN SEE MORE INFOR INFORMATION. THE CLINIC SERVED ABOUT 500 EYE PATIENTS A YEAR WITH THE

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