OKC churches team up to launch free medical clinic
A free medical clinic will open Thursday thanks to a partnership between two churches in Oklahoma City.
Quail Springs Baptist Church and Iglesia Bautista Central will launch The Clinic on The Hill from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at The Hill, 14401 N May.
Ray Anderson, Quail Springs Baptist minister of missions and evangelism, said the new clinic, run only by volunteers, will be open on Thursday evenings. Anderson said partner churches will raise funds to continue providing free services to patients.
Clinic organizers are asking community members to make service appointments several days before the clinic opens each Thursday. Anderson said he expects the clinic to see around 20 patients every Thursday and that the appointment requirement will ensure doctors have enough time to spend with each patient.
He said the area surrounding the two churches near the Memorial Road / Kilpatrick Turnpike corridor in northwest Oklahoma City continues to grow. More houses and apartment complexes mean there may be more people nearby who need medical attention but cannot afford it.
The minister of missions said there were wealthy households in the area, but there were also people in need.
“Within three miles of the church there are over 24,000 households and many of them are needy or uninsured. And I think the need for this may only grow over time.” , Anderson said.
Iglesia Bautista Central is a Hispanic church that started with the help of Quail Springs Baptist. The church congregation meets for worship services at The Hill, adjacent to Quail Springs Baptist. The Hill Building, which once housed the Quail Springs Church of Christ, was purchased by Quail Springs Baptist in 2016.
Anderson said Iglesia Bautista Central will participate in a number of ways, including providing translation services when the need arises.
Meanwhile, Quail Springs Baptist member and pharmacist Becca Segrest said she was thrilled to be a volunteer at the clinic.
“For me, it was just a wonderful opportunity to truly share the love of Christ, not only to share the love of Christ, but also to meet the physical needs of the community of which I am a part,” she said. she declared.
Like Anderson, Segrest said there is a need for the services that will be provided by the clinic.
“If this COVID crisis has taught us anything, it’s the number of underinsured people in our state,” she said.
Alicia Kreman, another volunteer and Baptist member from Quail Springs, will be the clinic director.
Kreman, a registered nurse who works in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, said her involvement in the clinic meets one of her life goals: to provide medical care to those in need of care. free assistance.
She said she is Hispanic and bilingual, which she says will be helpful when there are patients in the clinic who speak Spanish and limited English.
“I have a passion for taking care of everyone,” Kreman said. “It was just a little perfect for me.”
Inauguration of the Clinic on the Hill
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on January 13.
Or: The Hill of Quail Springs Baptist Church, 14401 N May.
Cost: To free.
Information: For appointments, dial 405-302-3033; for more information, send an email to [email protected]