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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington gets $50K to aid pandemic work

By , Columbian staff writer

The Free Clinic of Southwest Washington has received a $50,000 grant to help it adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant will be used to fund a new triage nurse manager position, which will help the clinic shift from its walk-in model to an appointment-based model.

Ninety-Nine Girlfriends, a local collective giving organization, awarded the grant to the Free Clinic.

“We are very grateful to Ninety-Nine Girlfriends and their membership for providing such a generous award,” said Ann Wheelock, executive director of the Free Clinic. “This will help us with the significant costs we are incurring to adopt a new operating model in response to the pandemic.”

The new appointment-based model will allow the clinic to pre-screen patients for coronavirus symptoms, and manage patient flow to protect patients, volunteer providers and staff from COVID-19 exposure.

The triage nurse manager will advise and assist patients who call the Free Clinic with health concerns. Telemedicine and in-person medical appointments are available based on patient need, according to a Free Clinic press release.

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Columbian staff writer