To say thank you to the many volunteers who contribute to its success, the clinic is hosting an open house on Tuesday afternoon, which will include light refreshments and tours of the facility.
“We’re a faith-based medical clinic,” said Michelle Campbell, clinic director. “We look at the medical side as a vessel to be able to bring the good news to people, the gospel, but more than anything, it’s to love people and let them know that they matter.”
About the open house
Campbell said the open house will serve a few purposes: to honor the clinic’s volunteers, educate the community about the clinic’s impact and celebrate major renovations that were recently completed at the facility.
The event will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the clinic, located at 441 Clay St. Campbell said the clinic’s volunteers, community partners, city officials and state leaders have been invited to attend, and members of the public are also welcome.
“Our open house is to recognize all of our volunteers, because these doors would not be open if it weren’t for them,” Campbell said. “When I sit back and I look at what takes place here, I know there’s no other power except Jesus Christ that could make it happen.”
About the clinic
Providence Medical Clinic serves residents of Sullivan County and the greater Kingsport area who are 150 to 160 percent below poverty level guidelines, Campbell said. It operates primarily on donations and help from more than 200 volunteers, which include doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, spiritual support leaders and office workers.
Services offered include primary and acute care; preventative care; patient education; limited prescriptions; limited lab tests; and multiple clinics, which specialize in dermatology, cardiology, pulmonology, gynecology, dentistry and ophthalmology, among others.
“It’s not reinventing the wheel in these ministries, but it’s joining together and (asking) what we can do for each other, and you’re starting to see a whole lot of that in this downtown area,” Campbell said. “The community has just embraced us tremendously.”
Meeting the need
Campbell said the clinic has more than 650 active patients, and that number continues to grow. She added that if the clinic is unable to directly assist a patient, either with counseling or other needs, volunteers work tirelessly to connect that person with the necessary resources.
“We have resources so that we can bring our patients in, help them have a better life and point them in the right direction,” Campbell said. “It’s walking with people and investing your life into theirs.”