The Clinic serves patients who live in Schenectady County. Seventy-six percent of the patients seen in the Clinic live in the City of Schenectady. They are generally between the ages of 20 and 60 years (87%), unemployed (48%) with no source of primary health insurance (96%).
The Clinic relies on the volunteer services of 85 physicians, RN’s and other professionals who volunteer their services to see patients at the Clinic and another 35 volunteer physicians who provide specialty care services from their offices. Ellis Hospital provides diagnostic and lab work free of charge for Schenectady Free Health Clinic patients.
Our general medical Clinic is open Monday and Thursday from 12:30-4:30 pm. Currently we are seeing 55 - 75 patients/session. There are sessions on Monday morning, all day Tuesday, Thursday morning and Friday afternoon for appointments with specialists at the Clinic (Mental Health, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Pulmonary, Orthopedics, Dermatology, Cardiology and Rheumatology). We are now averaging some 140-160 patients/week.
We assist patients with the public entitlement program process and paperwork moving individuals who qualify into these established programs. This allow the Clinic to provide services to those individuals who do not qualify for these entitlement program; essentially the working poor, individuals waiting for Medicaid approval, and low income individuals without prescription drug coverage who otherwise could not afford essential medications.
The last 5 years we have provided free pre-employment physicals for those seeking employment. Last year we did over 675 physicals and we can document that 510+ have secured employment. This service helps makes people productive and tax paying citizens.