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May 20, 2009

Oskaloosa Free Clinic will move to MHP campus starting June 2

OSKALOOSA — To increase access of free medical services to Mahaska County residents, the Oskaloosa Free Clinic will be moving to the first floor of the Medical Specialty Center on Mahaska Health Partnership’s campus (on the back side of the campus), starting Tuesday, June 2.

According to MHP CEO Jay Christensen, the Oskaloosa Free Clinic is part of the Free Clinics of Iowa network and will not become a department of Mahaska Health Partnership.

“MHP is providing space to the clinic and staffing the clinic with volunteers,” Christensen explained. “The Oskaloosa Free Clinic will be open Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting June 2. It will be open every Tuesday, excluding holidays.”

The Oskaloosa Free Clinic provides basic medical services for illness and minor injury care, child wellness and preventive care, and physicals for school, sports or work. It is for people without access to health insurance or other means of healthcare coverage. The clinic will remain open on a first come, first served basis, with no appointments necessary. Free Clinic patients may check in between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

During these tough economic times, Christensen said the clinic will remain a stable force in the lives of those in need, while expanding the current list of medical services provided to those most in need. He said relocating to the first floor of the Medical Specialty Center will offer many advantages:

• Availability of same day basic lab and radiology services

• Offices which provide more privacy and space to evaluate patients

• Improve access to diabetes and other patient education

• Funding for prescription medications

Free Clinics of Iowa is a strong organization that has a network of 20-member clinics and more than 600 dedicated volunteers across the state providing free care to anyone in need. The mission of Free Clinics of Iowa is to facilitate the initiation, operation and collaboration of free medical clinics in the state of Iowa. FCI member clinics provide basic healthcare services through volunteer physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, at no cost to the patient.

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