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10/14/09

Medical school partners with Lubbock Impact to offer free medical clinic

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Regardless of what is going on in Washington, volunteers from Lubbock Impact, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and the medical school spent Wednesday evening seeing and treating patients for free.

Each Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the past two months clinic doors have opened to patients with no insurance in a place you might not expect.

"It's definitely not your normal church work," says Pastor Dan Reynolds. What used to be a choir room at The Family Church is now a family clinic. "Anything you go to a family doctor for we can take care of here," adds Reynolds.

They do it for free. "They are seen here and we can write a prescription that we pay for it, so you can imagine the cost," says Reynolds. The money for everything from prescriptions to just basic medical supplies comes from the pockets of private donors. TTUHSC physicians and medical students see and treat as many as 20 patients a night.

After 10 years in the military Reynolds enrolled in Seminary and says that's when the cost of medical bills became a reality for him. "It was a shock. I realized that just going to the doctor cost around $100,"Reynolds said.

He says the clinic was an idea waiting for someone to jump on.

"Lots of people in social work, and donate food and clothing but there isn't a long line of people who say I'm a doctor let me help and make it available for free," says Reynolds about the need for the free clinic.

Working in the clinic reminds second year medical student and future M.D. Brian Mahmood why he wants to be a doctor. "Having a patient hug you because their prescription is paid for and to just be so thankful because we aren't doing anything special we are just treating them like people and helping with their problems," says Mahmood.

"I feel privileged and humbled to be a part of this," says Reynolds about the clinic. He hopes to help as many people as possible. "Our purpose is to meet physical needs of people and when they ask why? We can share the love Christ has for them," states the pastor about why he wanted to see this project through.

The help doesn't stop in the exam room. There is a resource counselor on hand, who volunteers her time, to let patients know about programs they may qualify for that they may not have known about.

Since opening they have not had to turn anyone away. For more information visit Click here.  

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