Cleveland's Free Clinic
Known locally simply as The Free Clinic, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland began over 40 years ago as a volunteer hotline serving the pressing health and welfare needs of East Side Cleveland’s youth. The Free Clinic has since evolved from rented space in a dilapidated home to a new 34,000 square foot medical facility on Euclid Avenue in the city’s University Circle area.
The Free Clinic is the largest facility of its type in the state of Ohio, and is one of the nation’s oldest free clinics.
Its contemporary facility houses more than 50 employees and an outreach volunteer staff of over 350, as well as group therapy rooms, dental facilities, a pharmacy, a community education center, a dozen and a half examination rooms and an up-to-the-minute medical laboratory. Reaching from that facility out into the surrounding community via its substantial volunteer and education services, The Free Clinic provides roughly $5 worth of services for each $1 it receives in donations, seeing roughly 1,000 patients each month.
The Free Clinic’s core beliefs are that health care is a right of all, that services must respond to unmet needs of the community, and that innovative quality care must be provided at the minimum feasible cost. The Clinic’s clients are treated in a non-traditional and non-judgmental setting, and are urged to take responsibility for their own continued health and welfare. The Free Clinic is a strong advocate of public policies that improve health care availability for all citizens.
Typical services provided by The Free Clinic are assistance in managing chronic conditions, gynecological care, and the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses. Located at 12201 Euclid Avenue, The Free Clinic is in close proximity to both University Hospitals of Cleveland, and The Cleveland Clinic. Almost 90% of every operational dollar of the Clinic goes toward actual program services, and the Clinic is among the most highly rated in the nation for quality of service.
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