The Madison County Health Partners (MCHP) Free Clinic is celebrating its ninth anniversary.
Community members gathered Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the St. Patrick Parish Center in London for an anniversary program and dessert spread recognizing all who have volunteered and contributed financially throughout the past year.
“Aussie Ayden,” known locally as actor Zack Starr, provided entertainment for the audience with a live Didgeridoo demonstration, poetry reading and various opportunities for audience participation.
Several individuals received a special recognition during the program. Sandra Ballard was recognized for her seven years of service and leadership as board treasurer and board president, Madison County Hospital was recognized for being a significant financial supporter over the past two years, and a group of volunteer pharmacists were recognized for their work operating Monday night patient clinics.
The free clinic is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. It is staffed by a full-time executive director and a part-time nursing coordinator and is governed by an 11 member volunteer board of directors.
The clinic was created by community leaders in response to a need identified in the 2003 Madison County Needs Assessment. The mission of the clinic is to provide healthcare services to the uninsured population of Madison County. The clinic is able to fulfill its mission through the use of volunteer medical professionals and financial support received from the local community and grants.
Volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, clergy and lay persons see patients on Monday evenings; however, other patient clinics are offered throughout the week based on physician availability. Patients must schedule an appointment and are seen at the clinic building north of the hospital.
The clinic is located at 212 N. Main St., London, and can be reached at 740-845-7286.