If you read our last spotlight on Guadalupe Free Clinic, then you are already familiar with much of the incredible work being done by many of members of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. We’re back again to highlight another community clinic, St. Luke Community Clinic. Located in Front Royal, Va., St. Luke Community Clinic is doing whatever it takes to provide its community with free, high-quality healthcare.
25 years of free care
Founded in 1996, St. Luke Community Clinic has been a central part of Front Royal’s community for a quarter century. Like so many clinics of its kind, it began with a group of local doctors that were concerned about the lack of accessible healthcare for those who were uninsured or unable to cover the costs of their medical expenses. Just like that, the idea for St. Luke Community Clinic was born.
Since its earliest days, St. Luke has been dedicated to providing top-notch medical services to patients at low or no cost – no matter what. The clinic prides itself in offering as wide a variety of services to its patients as possible, from general check-ups to dental care.
“We offer more than your typical doctor’s office,” said Vicki Davies, executive director of St. Luke Community Clinic. “We truly do a little bit of everything here: eye exams, chiropractic – we even provide some mental health services.”
Making a difference
Not only has St. Luke Community Clinic been essential in providing much-needed healthcare to Front Royal’s community members, but it also has brought them closer together. The clinic prides itself in treating every patient that walks through its doors as family, and over the years, patients can feel that love.
One patient of St. Luke Community Clinic recently wrote a letter to the clinic expressing her gratitude for all that it has done for her.
“She told us that she appreciated the care and kindness that we all gave her and that she felt like we treated her as though she was one of our best friends,” said Davies. “She recently got a new job and has insurance now, but she sent the clinic a small donation to further express how grateful she is for our care.”
Interactions with patients such as this one are quite common for St. Luke Community Clinic, and they highlight just how much of an impact the clinic has on the people that it serves.
“I think it’s stories like these that really show what we’re all about,” Davies said.