NBC 29 Charlottsville Spotlight on Orange County Free Clinic January 12, 2015
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Hal Hunter, Jean Kane, T.I. Martin, Jean Lowe and Dr. Randy Merrick
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The Orange County Free Clinic (OCFC) has been awarded $10,000 from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) in support of its nurse practitioner project, which has improved access to medical care and medicines for thousands of residents in need within the Orange County community.
The free clinicis one of 37 organizations that received more than a quarter of a million dollars in grant money -- and one of 23 agencies that had their requests granted in full.
CACF is a permanent endowment dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Orange, Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson. The foundation’s Community Endowment Fund is its unrestricted grant-making program that provides support to area nonprofit organizations.
“We are grateful to the Community Endowment Fund for its contribution to our nurse practitioner project,” says OCFC Executive Director Dorren Brown. “These funds will help sustain the level of quality care management that we are achieving through our nurse practitioner, particularly among our chronically ill population.”
Services at the free clinic are open to Orange County residents who are not medically insured and who have a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
CACF first awarded OCFC a grant in 2011 to assist with costs as both patient visits and services increased following the arrival of the nurse practitioner.The most recent grant awarded by the foundation will be used to help improve patient outcomes and to build on the successes already achieved by the clinic.
“This second grant award by the Community Endowment Fund is a tremendous benefit to us, particularly as we face the end of the Virginia Health Care Foundation grant that has funded our nurse practitioner,” Brown explains.
Melinda Mollan, who has been a free clinic patient since October 2012, says OCFC’s nurse practitioner, Jude Christian, has been a “great help” with medications to treat her fibromyalgia and kidney disease.
“The clinic was my only hope when leaving the hospital (after illness) following a divorce,” Mollan says. “I had no money and no job due to very poor health. This clinic helped me attain the many meds that I need.”
Orange County Free Clinic 101 C Woodmark Street Orange, VA 22960
(540) 672-0793 Office
(540) 672-3531 Fax
We are open during the following hours:
Monday - Friday
9am - 5pm
Monday - Thursday
9am - 2pm By Appointment
5pm - 7pm Walk-In Clinic