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Organizations June 12

June 16, 2005

The Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic received a $10,000 donation from the Horsemen's Benevolent & Protective Association (HBPA) to provide medical care and prescription assistance to persons with low or no income and no health or prescription insurance.

"With the patient load growing constantly, the clinic is increasingly reliant on volunteers and businesses to help provide the care needed:, said Kay Napolitano, executive director of the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic. "More than 12,000 hours have been logged by volunteers at the clinic," she said.

The clinic serves over 900 patients a year, with a core medical and administrative staff of 6 and a volunteer staff of 45. Clinic services are funded through a combination of grants, private donations from individuals, business and community leaders, and state and local governments. The Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic is a member of the United Ways of Jefferson County and Berkeley/Morgan Counties.

The clinic serves eligible persons from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan Counties, offers nursing and medical care, prescription assistance, social work, psychological counseling, alcohol and drug addiction counseling, patient education and referral to specialist services. Services are by appointment only. For more information, to volunteer or to access services call 724-6091.

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