Free community clinic underutilized but valuable community asset | Local News

We feel the free community clinic in Concord has been underutilized for some time.

It is an excellent resource for entering the local health care environment and for the treatment of chronic health conditions such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Most common medications are also provided.

These services are available to those without health insurance and low income. The income guideline went from 125% or less of the federal poverty level to 200% in the past year.

We know there are many in our community who meet these criteria and who are not taking advantage of our resources. We ask that the public help spread the word. We definitely have room for growth.

Additionally, we would like to publicly thank all of the providers who have volunteered their time since the clinic opened in 1994. This includes many specialty areas such as gastroenterology, dermatology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, urology and others. Cabarrus Family Medicine was particularly an important asset. Atrium Health has also been a strong partner from the start.

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Dr. and Mrs. David Harper donated a retinal camera system used to screen for eye disease linked to diabetes, a leading cause of blindness.

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Finally, we would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. David Harper for the very generous donation of a retinal camera system which is used to screen for diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of blindness.

We are fortunate to have many people in our community who have a heart for those less fortunate among us.

James H. Cooke Jr., MD, is medical director and Nancy Litton is executive director of the Community Free Clinic of Concord.