Coughing, sneezing, fevers and chills – the inevitable flu and cold season are upon us. Fortunately, the Ada Jenkins Free Clinic is working to keep people healthy.
Our medical clinic offers free services to uninsured individuals in North Mecklenburg and South Iredell counties. A person must only show a valid ID and proof of address to be eligible. We are accredited by the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics at Level III, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded.
The 2015-2016 Fiscal Year proved to be a great success at the Free Clinic, and we have the numbers to back it. Of all 1,038 individuals who used our medical services, 97% said their health had improved after receiving care at our clinics, and 63% reported fewer hospital admissions. We assisted patients in 2,289 medical office visits and nurse consultations, and had 241 first-time, new patient visits. In total, our patients received $320,690 worth of medical office visits for free.
In addition to the medical knowledge and advice we were able to offer our patients, we were also able to provide them with medicine. Over $244,000 of prescription medications were provided to our patients at no cost through NC MedAssist, and over $36,000 worth of in-kind medications were distributed directly at Ada.
And of course, we could not have had such great success without the help of our 222 medical volunteers, who collectively logged over 5,000 hours of work for our program and patients. These volunteers include, but are not limited to, physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses and nursing assistants.
While the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year was one for the books, we hope to help even more people this year. If you are eligible for our services and find yourself in need of medical assistance, be it a cold, the flu, or something else, our clinic is open every Thursday evening with the exception of holidays and inclement weather. No appointment is necessary, and sign-ups start the day-of at 4:00 p.m. (doctors typically start seeing patients around 6:00 p.m.). Our services are free, and we welcome donations. You can learn more about the Ada Jenkins Free Clinic here.
**Starting Thursday, October 20, we are offering Free Flu Shots at the Clinic while supplies last.
 As reported on the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics’ Annual Outcomes Report, 2015.
 Based on 2015 Usual and Customary Rate values provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.