Did You Know?
Since 2005, the Houston County Volunteer Medical Clinic has given free health care to more than 1,400 patients. The clinic aims to give primary care to uninsured people of Houston County who, as the agency reports, "fall through the cracks of the health care system and have nowhere to turn."
But perhaps the most telling evidence of the work the clinic does are individual stories of those helped in 2017. The clinic reported about:
- A 19-year-old whose life was saved after he damaged his heart from black market steroids.
- A 50-year-old who would have died without surgery provided by a local physician at a very reduced rate and the friends of our clinic who helped her family raise the money.
- A 48-year-old with a congenital heart defect that would be followed at Emory or Mayo Clinic IF she had insurance but who gets the needed care of our cardiologist.
- A 53-year-old struggling with alcohol and now obesity and high blood pressure come to the clinic once a week to have his blood pressure checked and to tell us about new low salt recipes he had found.
Your monetary gifts to the United Way of Central Georgia help to fund the lion's share of what this clinic needs. That in turn let's the clinic help low-income, uninsured patients seeking care. So the staff has a brief message for you. And, if you are moved, give a little bit to help programs like this one continue with serving Central Georgia.