The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Friday, August 30, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The demand for services at the Free Clinic of Franklin County has created a cash flow problem that could jeopardize the clinic's work.
"We are in a dire situation that requires immediate support," clinic Executive Director Alise Culbertson said in a letter to supporters.
The clinic has a "cash flow" problem, she said, which "will jeopardize our ability to continue providing medical care to our patients. This is a truly serious problem that needs your help now."
Culbertson said the shortfall is primarily due to the rise in the number of patients being seen.
"Since 2010, the patient visits have grown from 876 to 2,277 in 2012," she said.
As a result, the expenses of providing more care to the uninsured working residents tripled.
"In addition, the clinic has taken on emergency dental care as a result of the Health Department discontinuing the service," she added.
Culbertson said that the care to patients is provided by volunteer physicians with one paid physician assistant, but the primary cost comes from medical, dental and office supplies, medical and office equipment upkeep, maintaining rental space, and pharmaceutical costs. These costs all rise as the clinic takes on more patients, she said.
Another major reason for the shortfall is that the amount of money the clinic receives from foundations and grants has decreased 30 percent due to economic conditions. Plus, community donations decreased 50 percent from 2009 to current, also due to the economy, she said.
Culbertson said the clinic is doing all it can to raise money, including several fundraising initiatives.
"We also recruit businesses to donate office and medical supplies," she said, adding that what is of "greatest importance, we have been superior stewards of donor's funds, delivering $7.45 of care for every dollar."
The clinic is now selling raffle tickets as one fundraiser. A lawn tractor from Rocky Mount Tractor is the main prize.
Raffle tickets are being sold for $5 each at Pizza King, 925 North Main; Rocky Mount Tractor, 21289 Vigil H. Goode Highway; Nancy Lynch & Associates, 894 Old Franklin Turnpike; Carilion Medical Associates, 390 S. Main St.; and Turner's Building Inc., 2125 Old Franklin Turnpike, Union Hall.
The raffle ticket sale will end on Sept. 6. The drawing will be held on Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. at Rocky Mount Tractor. You do not need to be present to win.
In addition, if people wish to participate in the Kroger Gift Card fundraiser, cards are available at the Free Clinic of Franklin County. For every purchase on the card, the clinic receives 5 percent. As an example, the
clinic received $300 in July.
Donations can be made by check to Free Clinic of Franklin County, P.O. Box 764, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 or go online and donate by credit card at www.fcfreeclinic.org.