First Posted: 8/24/2008
The Care and Concern Free Health Clinic on William Street, Pittston, operating since November 2007, has steadily seen increases in the number of persons seeking medical treatment as well as the scope of services offered to patients.
Nearing the 400 mark in patient visits the clinic now offers laboratory services for routine blood screenings. No patient is turned away. Services such as diabetes education, nutrition counseling, and social service issues are routine. Referrals for other situations such as free mammograms are offered.
The volunteer staff of laypersons, nurses, dietitian, pharmacists and social workers has recently been enhanced by the addition of a mental health counselor. The numerous dedicated staff rotates the schedule each week. However, one physician and two nurse practitioners continue to share weekly exams for an average of 12 to 18 patients per week on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.
With one of these nurse practitioners moving out of state recently, the clinic seeks further volunteers from the local medical community. Physicians and nurse practitioners who can offer to volunteer as little as two hours every one to two months are asked to call Deacon Jim Cortegerone at 654-0053.