- Associated Press - Thursday, November 17, 2016

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The demand for services from Spartanburg’s free medical clinic continues to grow as its administrators seek new money to pay bills.

The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports (https://bit.ly/2f7BonX) St. Luke’s Medical Clinic plans to open a second location by Jan. 1.

This year, the clinic is on pace for more than 8,000 visits, up from 6,000 last year. Executive director Patsy Whitney attributes the increase to hiring a full-time nurse practitioner, along with greater awareness that the free clinic exists.

The clinic also hired a mental health counselor and a health coach this year through grant funding.

Whitney says revenues through the end of 2015 totaled about $803,500 while expenses were about $801,000. This year, she says expenses are expected to surpass revenues since the clinic lost about $100,000 in funding.



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Information from: Herald-Journal, https://www.goupstate.com/

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