HAGERSTOWN - A financially-strained free health-care clinic will receive $50,000 from the Washington County Commissioners, but the contribution won't be enough to allow the facility to begin accepting new patients.
Still, the clinic's executive director said the money will be a big help to the center's operating budget.
The County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to give the Community Free Clinic the one-time contribution, which is half of what the clinic requested.
The money will be applied toward the clinic's deficit of $130,000, clinic Executive Director Robin Roberson said Friday.
Roberson said the clinic is grateful for the contribution.
"It will help ... it certainly is a step in the right direction," Roberson said.
The clinic asked the commissioners for $100,000 in July. It stopped taking new patients July 1 because of financial constraints.
Since then, the clinic has had to place more than 100 people on a waiting list, Roberson said. Already established patients still are being seen.