The Mission of the Clearwater Free Clinic (CFC) is to deliver comprehensive medical care to uninsured families through volunteerism and community partnerships . . . . . building healthy communities.
Officially established in 1977, the Clearwater Free Clinic was open one night a week and was located in a small rented house on Rogers Street. Early on, local churches and civic organizations helped with financial support and volunteers.
In 1985, seeing the need for a larger and more efficient facility, the local Kiwanis Clubs, various civic groups, and the community provided the funds to construct the Clinic’s current building. The community rallied again in 1997 to donate monies, goods, and services in conjunction with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, to renovate and expand the Clinic. This grant, and a second one in 1999, were for construction and renovation only, and neither award was used for program or operating expenses. In 2002 The Pinellas Community Foundation provided grant funds for a 400 sq. ft. addition which included three exam rooms. The Clinic continues to operate without regular government funding, relying on monetary and in-kind donations from private individuals, businesses, religious and community organizations, and charitable foundations.
Today the Clinic, a renovated 4,000 square foot facility, is located at 707 N. Ft. Harrison Ave. in downtown Clearwater, Florida. A full-time grant funded Family Practice Nurse Practitioner began working at the Clearwater Free Clinic in January 2000, treating adults and incorporating pediatrics. With this position, the number of available appointments increased significantly.
Since its inception, the Clearwater Free Clinic has treated well over a hundred thousand needy patients, offering quality medical care at no cost to the patient.
Organizational Priorities for 2013-2015:
- Continuing Direct Provision of Medical Care
- Building Innovative Systems of Care
- Helping Eligible Patients Enroll in New Coverage
- Reducing Risk Factors for Chronic Disease
- Achieving Efficiency and Outcomes in Chronic Disease Management
- Planning for Physical Plant Expansion/Improvement
- Strengthening Board Governance