Living The Mission: Saint Thomas to Provide Day of Free Medical Care

Sep 19 2018
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Living The Mission: Saint Thomas to Provide Day of Free Medical Care

By: Lebron Hill

Saint Thomas Health Medical Mission is partnering with 30 organizations in the Nashville area to provide free medical care on Sept. 22.  The event will include more than 600 volunteers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and pharmacists.

 “Many individuals in Nashville and the surrounding communities who are uninsured or underinsured struggle to find access to affordable healthcare, and Saint Thomas Health is honored to provide free health services as a direct response to this community need,” said Tim Adams, Saint Thomas Health President and Chief Executive Officer, in a release. 

This year, 228,646 Tennesseans signed up for healthcare during open enrollment. The 2017 United States Census shows that Tennessee has an uninsured rate of 9.9 percent, and statistics from the Sycamore Institute, an independent, non-partisan research center,  show that in 2016, only 43 percent of Tennesseans received insurance from their employer. Since 2008, Saint Thomas has hosted more than 30 Medical Missions in multiple locations throughout Middle Tennessee, including more than 20,000 patient encounters for those who are most in need. 

“These medical missions are a visible demonstration of Saint Thomas Health living out our mission as a faith-based health system,” Adams said. Last year, the clinic provided services for 776 people, including 190 dental exams, 300 prescriptions filled and 435 flu vaccinations. The clinic will be held at the Municipal Auditorium at 417 4th Avenue N. from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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