(Corinth, MS) Volunteers have signedup to make aÂ clinic in Corinth, Miss., successful.
The Living Healthy Free Medical Clinic in theÂ old South Corinth Elementary SchoolÂ offers medical support for those in AlcornÂ County without insurance or unable to pay for medical care.
Itâs the dream of a retired Corinth physician, who hopes the clinic inspires people to take their health seriously by clearing the way for uninsured people in Alcorn County to get the medical care they need, but canât afford.
At the Living Healthy Free Medical Clinic in Corinth, signing up for an exam is simple.
Retired Corinth physician Dr. Thomas Sweat wanted it that way.
âNo insurance, no Medicare, no Medicaid and no ability to pay. We donât charge anyone,â said Dr. Sweat.
Itâs beenÂ Sweatâs dream to openÂ the clinicÂ and draw doctors, nurses, and volunteers from the community, and keep the clinic opened for two full days every month.
âEverybodyâs a volunteer, nobody gets paid, thereâs no funds involved,â said Sweat.
No pain medication will be provided at the clinic, but certain prescriptions will be written.
The goal is to keep uninsured people from using the local emergency room for conditions that donât require emergency care.
The clinic aims to teachÂ patients ways to stay healthy longer by practicing self-management and even providing a health coach to make sure theyâre following the doctors orders.
âWe all know that what gets monitored, improves. So, weâre hoping that self-management will help patients to be more responsible,â said spokesperson Ann Walker.
Thereâs already been a outpouring of people who want to volunteer at the clinic, people like Synell Ross who feel itâs the right thing to do.
âIÂ kind of wanted to feel as if Iâm contributing to the community. My way of giving back,â said Ross.
Hazel Garner has worked in the medical field and wants to volunteer.
He thinks the clinic will be a big plus in the community.
âItâs going to be beneficial. We all praying and hoping for that. We need it,â said Garner.
The clinic is opened on the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of the month from 1 to 5 p.m.
Doctors will see adults and children over the age of 12.
Patients are seen on first-come first-serve basis.