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In 1998, Dr. David Cook of Lakeside Family Physicians recognized a need in the community for individuals without health insurance to have access to appropriate and affordable medical care. Dr. Cook began seeing four to five uninsured patients on Wednesday nights in the back of an area grocery store. Within a year, he was seeing 20-30 patients on these evenings!
Four local churches took notice of the good work that Dr. Cook was performing. Our current Executive Director, April Cook, with the help of these four churches, including Davidson United Methodist, First Baptist Church of Huntersville, St. Mark Catholic, and Meadow lake Presbyterian, started a free clinic in the basement of the First Baptist Church of Huntersville. On the opening night of September 4, 2001, over 100 patients lined up seeking care. Within the first year, the Clinic’s 500 patients were provided with over 1,600 appointments.
In the summer of 2007, the clinic moved to a 4,000 square foot building in Huntersville, where we are located today. In 2008, the Clinic received a grant to hire four new staff in order to expand our hours of operation and allow us to treat more patients. Consequently, we were able to more than double the number of patients seen at our facility! It is with the support of community churches, individuals, businesses, private foundations, and civic organizations that we were able to provide over 7,200 medical appointments for more than 1,500 patients in 2012.
Today, with the support of community churches, individuals, businesses, private foundations, and civic organizations, we have received the necessary funding to maintain an active patient base of 1,500 uninsured individuals.