Stories of Impact: Sophie's
The COVID-19 pandemic has created even more risk and uncertainty for vulnerable Virginians. Thankfully, though, Virginia's free and charitable clinics have continued to operate during this challenging time, providing over 74,000 individuals in 2020 with quality care, including COVID-19 testing and vaccinations, regardless of their ability to pay. Individuals like Sophie, who before becoming a free clinic patient, lived with excruciating pain from uncontrolled rheumatoid arthritis. From the moment she woke until her day was done, she would be in agony from even the smallest of household tasks. Sophie hoped that by becoming a patient, she would find some relief, however she found more than that -- she found a health home for years to come.
As a patient of the free clinic, Sohpie was able to receive the critical care she so desperately needed to control her rheumatoid arthritis, allowing her to manager her household without chronic pain. She also appreciated the warm and welcoming environment of the the clinic which was there in her time of need. "I have been a patient for years and I do not know what I would have done without the free clinic to take care of my medical needs. Thank you for serving our community. I am truly appreciative of each and every one of you," she shared.
Virginia's free and charitable clinics have a long history of providing much needed quality healthcare to Virginia's low-income, uninsured populations – and providing that care with compassion, dignity and respect. By delivering important preventative and chronic care, Virginia's free and charitable clinics help patients remain healthy, reduce unnecessary visits to the emergency room, and avoid missed time from work due to illness. Learn more.