Giant One Day Free Clinic in Washington D.C. to be held Aug. 4th, 2010 for The Uninsured
Posted Aug 02 2010 6:35pm
As the article states they have over 800 doctors signed up to help and volunteer. The information below gives more details and additional information can befound here. There will be 76 exam rooms set up to test for cancer, HIV, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease as well as providing physicals.
One of the founders said the organization is there to make sure people understand what the faces of the uninsured look like, it’s any and all of us. I wonder if this will perhaps attract any attention from Congress since it is right in their back yard when it comes to health care bills and voting. BD
Walter E. Washington Convention Center 202-249-3000 801 Mount Vernon Place NW (Clinic Entrance on 7th St NW near M St NW) Washington, District of Columbia 20001 United States
The C.A.R.E. Clinic patient hours are from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
Patients can call 877-233-5159 for more information and to make an appointment.
Uninsured Patients Only. Walk-ins will be seen on a limited, first-come first-serve basis.
In the run-up to this week's giant free clinic in the District, Nicole Lamoureux, the lead organizer, could tell that hearts were racing, blood pressure was increasing and tension was rising. Calls from patients scheduling appointments were starting to pour into her office, but there weren't enough volunteer medical workers to see them.
About 800 doctors, nurses and support staff members had volunteered by Sunday to test and prescribe treatment for about 1,200 people, most of whom are expected to come from the District, Virginia and Maryland, Lamoureux said. One thousand volunteers are needed for the city's first large-scale free clinic. Although the list grew steadily by about 100 a day as medical workers signed up on the association's Facebook page , organizers worried that the growth could taper off.
Mark Busby, a federal information technology employee in the District who volunteers often at events nationwide, said free-clinic waiting rooms are always packed. As a "floor colonel" charged with keeping the lines moving and getting patients to the correct exam rooms, Busby expected to pound the convention center's concrete floor as an escort.
He recalled a clinic run by the association in September in Houston that saw 1,800 patients in a day and another in December in Kansas City, Mo., that saw 2,200 patients in two days. "We probably walk eight to 10 miles," he said.