What a nice center to offer this service. It is helping people take care of chronic conditions as well. Just looking at the desk here, someone needs to donate an electronic medical records system to the office. As the article states, they are seeing individuals who “used”to have insurance, Real Estate executives, people who worked in restaurants, etc. The doctors and nurses donate their time on Saturdays.
If you are in Orange County, California, something to make note if in need. It is not for emergencies, just normal and routine healthcare issues. BD
ORANGE The parking lot is already full, the waiting room is packed with weary-eyed people, and Lestonnac Free Clinic in Orange still has five minutes before nurses and doctors will start seeing patients for the day.
It's Saturday morning — the one day a week when people who are not enrolled patients at the clinic and who don't have an appointment can see a doctor for one-time treatment: a persistent cough, a painful rash, a swollen limb. If not here, many of these folks would be waiting in an emergency room for care. Or they'd be at home — avoiding thousands of dollars in medical bills, hoping their ailment would improve on its own.
The clinic doesn't have the resources to enroll all of them, so Lestonnac started the walk-in clinic in February staffed mostly with volunteer doctors and nurses. They see people on a first-come, first-served basis, and all their treatment is free.
Jane Phan, the registered nurse in charge of running the walk-in clinic, screens each patient to make sure they don't need emergency care.
Many of the people she sees worked in real estate or in the restaurant business or had jobs as mechanics or technicians before business slowed or they were laid off.
"Most of them had insurance before, and now they have nothing," she says. "I'm very grateful to be helping them."