The Fauquier Free Clinic serves the Fauquier and Rappahannock communities by providing comprehensive medical, dental and mental health care to eligible residents. Making essential healthcare services more accessible to all is our on-going mission. We are continuously striving to grow and improve our quality of care.
We are grateful for all of our donors, patrons and community partners who are united in their desire to give back to the communities we serve.
Patients of the Free Clinic have been hit especially hard by the COVID pandemic. Like every other health care organization, the clinic had to make dramatic changes to protocols and services to respond. From new screening and outreach procedures, to complex case management challenges and coordination for testing and treatment options, the team at the clinic has worked tirelessly since the initial outbreak to make sure that our patients are as safe as possible. Nevertheless, many of the people we serve have been sickened, have lost wages or job opportunities, or had to care for loved ones through extended illnesses. Low-income families in Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties have been hit very hard. The Free Clinic is a testing site for COVID and is making arrangements to get vaccines to our patients as quickly as possible. We have worked directly with employers to help in safe return to work for infected patients. The community as a whole has responded by providing housing, food security, hospital care, motel stays, utility bills, and whatever else is needed to get through this. We are fortunate to live and work in a place where people pull together and pitch in. We are expecting and planning for a brighter 2021!
Tony called the Free Clinic to make an appointment after weeks of fatigue, shortness of breath, and occasional chest pain. He knew something was wrong, but he had no health insurance. "I didn't want a bunch of bills I couldn't afford to pay."
Our doctor detected a heart arrhythmia on that first visit and we connected him with a local cardiologist later the same day.
Tony also had a months old wound that just wouldn't heal. A biopsy performed by a local surgeon led to a cancer diagnosis, and a successful surgical removal of the lesion.
Our clinical team acted quickly. Our local specialists and our local hospital donated their time to get Tony the treatment he needed. A Free Clinic volunteer helped him enroll in Medicaid, which now pays for his heart medicine and his other health care needs going forward. Tony is doing his part, taking his medication, communicating with his doctors, and following the plan.
We meet patients like Tony every week, local citizens who are worried about the financial cost of their health. There are many of them. Thanks to our generous community, we can do something to help.