: News

Filed Under:

Massive Free D.C. Clinic Draws 1,800 Uninsured Patients

Play associated audio
At the massive free one-day clinic in D.C., volunteers set up 76 temporary exam rooms for doctors and their patients.
Jonathan Wilson
At the massive free one-day clinic in D.C., volunteers set up 76 temporary exam rooms for doctors and their patients.

By Jonathan Wilson

Hundreds are receiving medical care at a free clinic at the Washington Convention Center today and the turnout has been even greater than organizers expected.

Approximately 1,500 uninsured patients made appointments ahead of time, as they were encouraged to do.

But by this morning, more than 300 walk-in patients were waiting for their free medical care.

The event's Executive Director Nicole Lamoureaux says the number of walk-ins was a surprise, but one the 1,000 volunteers here were well prepared for.

"The most patients we've ever seen in one day is about 2,000, in Houston, Texas," she says. "We know we're capable, and we're excited to be here."

Marlie Jenkins was the very first patient seen Wednesday. She says it's been two years since her last checkup, and though she's worried about her sugar levels, the free health care has her smiling.

"I got my blood checked, my EKG -- it's just a blessing to see a doctor today," she says.

The event was put together by the National Association of Free Clinics. It's the seventh time the group has done this, but the first such clinic in the nation's capital.

NPR

For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
NPR

At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
NPR

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.