Clearwater Free Clinic
The Mission of the Clearwater Free Clinic
The Mission of the Clearwater Free Clinic (CFC) is to deliver comprehensive medical care to uninsured families through volunteerism and community partnerships . . . building healthy communities. This weekend get ready to enjoy Martinis & Matisse is a unique, fun-filled event that draws around 800 art loving, community minded attendees each year. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
The History Behind the Clinic
Officially established in 1977, the Clearwater Free Clinic was incorporated in a rented home. It was run by local doctors who volunteered their time. The goal was to help fill an evident need for low-income, uninsured families in the community. This help would give patients access quality health care. With the same mission to provide care to the uninsured in mind, the Clinic in 2020 has grown by leaps and bounds. For example last year they provided overt 15,000 patient visits and $5.7 million in program services, $4.8 million if which were donated. The Clinic’s services include primary care, medications, mental health care, specialty care and patient education.
This growth has been possible thanks to our tireless volunteers, our partners in the community. It has also been made possible with thousands of generous donors who continue to fund our privately owned, nongovernment, nonprofit free clinic. They work closely with many entities in the community including LabCorp, Baycare, Homeless Empowerment Program, and more to deliver comprehensive health care to the under-served in the community.
Today, the Clinic is located at 1218 Court Street in Clearwater, Florida. They operate in a renovated, 11,000 square-foot health care facility that has the capability to treat thousands of uninsured patients in the community every year.
The Patients They Serve
At the Clearwater Free Clinic, the “working poor” is the population we strive to serve. This population is hugely impacted by a costly health care system and low wages. The uninsured contribute to the wealth of our community but are unable to afford basic health care services. Often, the patients income disqualify them from receiving what few government programs remain. Patients who are newly unemployed have come to the Clearwater Free Clinic after losing their health insurance along with their job. The majority of the patients who come to the Clearwater Free Clinic have serious chronic disorders like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, requiring constant monitoring and daily medications. Others seek assistance with acute medical problems.
Many Clinic patients are employed at jobs that do not provide access to health care. They may be self-employed or small business owners, part-time workers or single parents. They may be the people that you see and interact with everyday…the waitress at your coffee shop, the housekeeper who helps clean your home. Or they could be the clerk at your local store, the handyman who makes repairs, the teacher’s aide at your children’s school or young man who takes care of your yard. These are only a few of the faces of the uninsured and the patients who receive care at the Clearwater Free Clinic.
Clearwater Free Clinic Signature Event Martinis & Matisse
Martinis & Matisse is a unique, fun-filled event that draws around 800 art loving, community minded attendees each year. This year the event will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.
During Martinis & Matisse you can stroll by beautifully displayed art. The event will offer great food to sample from the areas best restaurants. You can sip smooth martinis and enjoy fine wine while listening to live music. This is a perfect time to meet up with old friends or make some new ones. And, at the end of the evening, you have experienced one incredible night! You may even win a beautiful piece of art! To learn more about the Martinis & Matisse event click here.
Content provided by Heather Miller. Photos and information provided by the Clearwater Free Clinic. Artwork featured above (RIGHT) of one of last year’s winners Patrick Sheppard Sea Clay.