January 2016

Salem Answers King’s Call

Charles McNeil, 54, goes to his appointment at Kaiser Permanente for a free eye exam on MLK Day, 2016. (Photo: Courtesy of Kaiser Permanente) Salem Answers King's Call by Serving at Free Eye Clinic (Excerpted from article by Natalie Pate, Statesman Journal 8:20 a.m. PST January 19, 2016 On the third Monday of January every year, Americans observe a day of remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr., the minister, activist, leader and humanitarian known for his work in the civil rights movement. In one of the sermons compiled for his 1963 book, "Strength to Love," King says: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" On Monday, local community members gathered to celebrate the life of the leader and to answer that question through service. Helping people to see This year marked the 12th Annual Kaiser Permanente MLK Days of Service, in which an estimated 800 employees and community [...]

December 2015

Two-Year grant supports dental clinic

Salem Free Clinics has received a grant from Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health & Services for $40,000. The award will fund two positions--a dental coordinator and administrative assistant--  for the next two years.   The clinic is grateful for this support, which allows us to provide dental care for the needy in our community.

OCF Grant Supports Diabetic Services

The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Salem Free Clinics in continued support of its efforts to expand and improve diabetic services.  This is the second year the foundation has supported the clinic's work, which serves provides medical treatment to the uninsured.

November 2015

Clinic Receives Grant from Spirit Mountain Community Fund

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund recently awarded a $34,500 grant to Salem Free Clinics. The grant is for the purpose of supporting SFC’s diabetes specialty clinics and interpreter capabilities for diabetes services. SFC is very grateful for this significant support which helps to bring hope and health to the needy in our community.

Clinic Receives KP Grant

Salem Free Clinics (SFC) has received a $15,000 Kaiser Permanente Employee Gives grant to help fund its general operations.  SFC is grateful to Kaiser Permanente for its continued support of the clinic’s work in bringing hope and health to our community. In addition to this grant, Kaiser Permanente also partners with SFC to host quarterly "KP Night Out" clinics, where Kaiser providers and nurses see patients at our Broadway clinic.

Patient Story: “My Life Was A Mess”

My life was a mess. For too long I had made poor decisions which affected me, my wife and three boys. It was one thing after another - I ended up with no car, no license and both my wife and I had no real work for over two years. We were way behind on our house payments. Life was dismal and I was without hope. Then to make matters worse I began to experience extreme pain in my legs. It hurt so bad that lying in bed with just the sheets covering me was unbearable. This went on for months. As you can imagine we had no health insurance. Then I saw a sign about Salem Free Clinics. So I got up early and went to one of the satellite clinics where you stand in line on Saturday morning awaiting an appointment. I got in line at 4:30 in [...]

August 2015

Salem Free Clinics plans to expand high-need services

By Kaellen Hessel, Statesman Journal, August 16, 2015 John McConville was appointed the new executive director of Salem Free Clinics in June after serving as its interim leader since January. McConville began volunteering at the clinic in 2013 after retiring from the grocery business. He quickly took on leadership roles within the organization. During the past few months, several nonprofits have gained new leaders. In a series of questions and answers that will run every other week, we ask these leaders about their vision for their organizations and the community. Here are McConville's answers. What role does Salem Free Clinics play in our community's health system? "Salem Free Clinics serve as a safety net in the community's health care system. Imagine facing a health crisis or illness without health insurance. It is frightening. We get to help uninsured patients without other viable medical care options. With over 5,000 patient visits [...]

July 2015

New Executive Director Appointed

June 25, 2015 John McConville The Salem Free Clinic’s Board of Directors has named John McConville as the clinic’s executive director. John had served as interim executive director since January, following the resignation of Todd Gould, who accepted a position at a clinic in Bend, Oregon. McConville said he was “humbled and honored to meet the important health care needs of the community in this capacity.” McConville began volunteering at SFC in 2013, the week after he retired from the grocery business he had owned and managed for decades. As a volunteer he immediately began serving 12 or more hours per week. Within six months, John became the volunteer clinic leader of our Monday clinics. He has also headed the free clinic’s Dallas satellite. McConville’s undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon was in Health Education and Public Health. McConville’s management skills, life-long interest in public health, and [...]

June 2015

Clinic Receives Gannet Foundation Grant

The following is an excerpt from a “Holding Court” article in the June 16, 2015 Statesman Journal by Carol McAlice Currie, Carlee Wright and Conner Williams. (Photo: ANNA REED / Statesman Journal)   […]

Salem Free Clinics celebrates 10 years, 30,000 patients

By Kaellen Hessel, Statesman Journal, January 24, 2015 Dr. Rick Eikrem (right) at Salem Free Clinic. (Photo: ANNA REED / Statesman Journal) Ten years ago, Todd Gould looked around the medical clinic that had been set up at Walker Middle School's gym and tried to envision what it could one day become. He never imagined it would serve thousands of patients and become a permanent fixture in the community. Salem Free Clinics celebrated both its 10th anniversary and its 30,000th patient this month, the same month that marks a full year of insurance coverage provided through the Affordable Care Act. Today, the clinic offers medical, mental health, dental and counseling services at four sites, including its permanent location in Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St. NE. The clinic is similar to a private practice, both physically and operationally. The main location features six exam rooms, a lab, a dispensary, a prayer room, [...]