Lake County Free Clinic announced it will receive $100,000 in federal funding

Published in The News-Herald March 23

By EDITORIAL STAFF | PUBLISHED: March 20, 2022 at 3:36 p.m. | UPDATED: March 23, 2022 at 1:56 p.m.

Lake County Free Clinic announced it will receive $100,000 as part of the omnibus spending bill signed last week by President Joe Biden.

LCFC is the only Lake County nonprofit and one of only 12 free clinics nationally to receive direct funds in this budget. This award will be used to add a dental clinic and lab in the clinic’s new permanent site in Painesville, according to a news release.

LCFC’s request was sponsored by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown.

“We need to use every tool available to get resources to Ohio, and that’s what we did with these local
priorities,” Brown said in a news release. “The best ideas don’t come out of Washington – they come from Ohioans who know better than anyone what their communities need.”

LCFC Executive Director Marty Hiller said this funding is a significant step toward helping the clinic
expand access to no-cost, whole-person healthcare for uninsured and underserved northeast Ohioans.

“Our community needs the healthcare safety net that LCFC has offered for more than 50 years,” Hiller said in the release. “Recent data shows more than 40,000 individuals in our service area can’t afford to see a
doctor, dentist or medical professional. The funding this bill provides represents a major step forward in our ability to expand our services to meet the need for affordable, quality care for our neighbors.”

LCFC is now in the second phase of a capital campaign to raise $650,000 to purchase a facility in
Painesville, complete renovations and update equipment. Two northeast Ohio foundations provided lead gifts of $100,000 each and the clinic is working to secure the remaining funding needed to finalize the
project.

“It will only be through a strong community response that we will achieve our goal,” Hiller said in the
release. “Our campaign goal is ambitious, but it is essential. We want to create the strongest possible healthcare safety net for our friends and neighbors who need affordable care.

“With a permanent home for the clinic, we can focus our efforts on increasing our services.”

In the last year, the free clinic has added several programs.

Through support from United Way of Lake County and The George Gund Foundation, the clinic began
offering case management as a service for patients and women’s health medical services. Volunteers have come alongside to offer orthopedic and pediatric visits.

Sounds of Life Hearing Center offers monthly hearing screenings for uninsured and underinsured
patients and, through support from Case Western Reserve University’s Physician Assistant Program, the clinic has expanded to offer weekly evening hours.

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