BRANDON – Brandon Outreach Clinic provides free primary and preventive healthcare for uninsured, low-income, eastern Hillsborough County residents four days a week.
The clinic, started in 1989, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
In 2013, the clinic logged 7,000 patient encounters and provided free services worth $2 million. The clinic has a budget of $200,000 and more than 200 medical and nonmedical volunteers as well as community partners, said Suzy Watts, medical coordinator for the clinic.
“We get no government funds. We are neighbors helping neighbors,” said Watts. The clinic is the medical home for about 700 residents.
Brandon Outreach Clinic offers primary care, pediatrics and women’s health care. The staff can provide vouchers for X-rays and lab work and has a small pharmacy that does not carry pain medications.
Durable medical goods such as crutches, walkers, boots and braces are available to anyone who needs them, eligible patient or not.
People who earn between poverty level and double that may self-refer by calling (813) 654-1388.
Ineligible patients will be directed to alternative sources, such as the Hillsborough HealthCare Program.
Free classes giving an overview of the Affordable Care Act will be presented by certified application counselors at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 19 and 26, at Brandon Outreach Clinic, 517 N. Parsons Ave. The general public is invited. Call (813) 654-1388 to register. Anyone who wants to pursue the process further may schedule an appointment with a counselor.
“The clinic is nonpolitical and neutral about the ACA,” said Watts. “All we care about are the patients’ needs.”
The clinic is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
It needs financial, medical and volunteer support to continue making a difference in the community.
Visit the clinic’s website or call (813) 654-1388 for more information about receiving services or donating time, money or medical items.
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