News From AmeriCares Free Clinics
Clinic Expansion Benefits Community
For someone without health insurance, life can be pretty uncertain. Across the country, those without health insurance can be sure of one thing . . . there will be more joining their ranks each year. The AmeriCares Free Clinics offer hope and health to this growing number of people in southwestern Connecticut.
Recently, the AmeriCares Free Clinic of Norwalk underwent a renovation specifically to increase the clinic's capacity to serve those in need. The addition of two new exam rooms has allowed the volunteer staff of doctors and nurses to see more patients, since two volunteer phsicians can now be working per session. Through this expansion, increased pediatric and continuity services are now possible.
"When this clinic opened its doors 12 years ago, there were some days when we had more volunteers than patients. But word spread that the working poor now had a place to go for free, quality helthcare. The lines began to grow," says Barbara McCabe, clinic director of the AmeriCares Free Clinic in Norwalk "Despite increasing the number of clinic sessions, the time came when we were unable to accommodate the growing number of patients. This recent exansion gives us the opoportunity to increase our volunteer staff to meet the needs of our community. We are very grateful to those who made this expansion possible."