H.E.L.P. Medical Clinic – Hampton Roads Ecumenical Lodgings and Provisions, Inc. Information
The Richard F. Clark Medical Clinic provides free primary care and preventive healthcare to those who do not have the resources to meet their medical needs. Patients must be uninsured and at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Guidelines. Children are typically not seen because of their eligibility under other medical plans. There is a small pharmacy on site to fill prescriptions. The clinic is open by appointment only and patients must be screened for eligibility. This clinic is operated by a paid Clinic Coordinator and volunteer staff and participates in the Medical Assistance Program, providing hundreds of patients with free medication from participating pharmaceutical companies across the U.S.
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1320 LaSalle Ave, Hampton, VA 23669 727-2577
Medical Clinic Hours:
Monday Evenings: 5pm – 8pm (by appt only)
Tuesdays: 10am – 1pm (by appt only)
Wednesday Evenings: 5pm – 8pm (by appt only)
Administrative Office Hours: Mon-Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
It all started with a hand shake and in May 2001, the Dr. Richard F. Clark H.E.L.P. Medical Clinic opened the doors. Dr. Clark, a local pathologist, saw the need for a free medical clinic to serve the uninsured in our community.
Through his relationships at Sentara and other members of the original Clinic Steering Committee, the clinic first opened for services at the Hampton Health Department. The Health Department allowed the H.E.L.P. Clinic to open two evenings per week. The Steering Committee continued to recruit local physicians to volunteer at the clinic as well as nurses and nurse practitioners. Over these past ten years invaluable partnerships have been formed and maintained in support of the clinic and the patients we serve. Sentara and the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation have supported the H.E.L.P. Clinic since the beginning. Riverside and Mary Immaculate later came on board and now all three hospital systems support local free clinics through Project Care. Project Care was built in part by all of the free clinics coming together to provide specialty care to patients through a system of referrals to local physicians in the community. The Virginia Healthcare Foundation has just awarded Project Care and the local free clinics, to include the H.E.L.P. Clinic, the Unsung Heroes Award for their efforts. The clinic is also a member of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics and receives state budgeted funds because of our membership. A small in house pharmacy provides necessary medication to our patients as well as a program known as the Pharmacy Connection. The clinic has grown from two evening clinics to four days per week hosting five clinics (two morning clinics and three evening clinics). The clinic is home to 800 patients and in just one year provided over $3.3 million in medical services and medication to those patients. Thank you Dr. Clark and the H.E.L.P. Clinic Steering Committee for making this ministry a reality for the thousands of patients served since 2001.
Volunteer doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, other health care professionals, and non-medical volunteers make up the staff. We also have a need for dentists, dental assistants, and hygienists.