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Community Spotlight on Clearwater Health Care: Clearwater Free Clinic

Our Aging Wisely team feels an important part of creating a stronger community is taking an active part in contributing to community needs.  Our team members have been involved in numerous community organizations and causes, contributing time, money and resources.  You can check out more about Aging Wisely’s Community Involvement here.

For a number of years, our company has been a proud sponsor of Martinis and Matisse, a benefit for Clearwater Free Clinic.  And, this year our bookeeper, Dotti Fischer, worked especially hard to make the event a success as event co-chair.  Care Manager Sue Lewis also served on the event committe which helped to pull together the volunteers and event logistics.  This popular event consists of an art auction, great food and drinks–all with a fun crowd getting together for a great cause in Clearwater.  You can check out more photos from this unique event, which took place this past weekend, on our Aging Wisely Facebook page.

Clearwater Free Clinic Martinis and Matisse 2013

We’d like to extend our support of this organization by sharing with our readers a little bit about what the organization does and the difference they make to Clearwater/Pinellas County residents.

Here is the organization’s description from their website:

“Since 1977, the Clearwater Free Clinic has provided problem oriented health care to low-income uninsured residents of upper Pinellas County by means of office visits, medications, lab work, x-rays, and specialty referrals.” 

The Clearwater Free Clinic is a volunteer-driven, non-governmental clinic that has served the healthcare needs of local residents, who fall in the “gap” when it comes to healthcare–not qualifying for government assistance but not being able to afford private care or insurance.  Many of the patients have chronic conditions that could lead to much more serious issues if not monitored and treated.  The patients are without healthcare coverage for various reasons, whether it is not offered at their current job, they are self-employed, working part-time or between coverage.  Having the resources available at the Clearwater Free Clinic enables many of these patients to get treatment and avoid a more costly emergency room visit.

The Clearwater Free Clinic has grown and evolved to meet more community needs since its inception, and over its history has served well over 100,000 patients with healthcare services at no cost to the patient. 

As a care management organization deeply involved in the Pinellas County healthcare community, we understand the value of these healthcare services being available to our residents in need.  We are glad to support an organization that helps keep our Clearwater community healthy.  Both Linda Chamberlain and Dotti Fischer from our Aging Wisely team currently serve as board members for the Clearwater Free Clinic.

If you know someone who needs the services of the Clearwater Free Clinic or you would like to find out about volunteering or donating to the organization, you can visit the Clearwater Free Clinic website or call 727-447-3041.

If you have questions about Clearwater or Pinellas County health care resources, financial assistance for medical or eldercare needs, we are here to help at 727-447-5845.

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