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Free Clinic of Southwest Washington provides primary health care for Clark County’s uninsured

Free clinic pivots to routine medical checkups after focus on urgent care

By Nika Bartoo-Smith, Columbian staff reporter
Published: October 5, 2022, 6:03am
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Lea Gutierrez, clinic supervisor, at right, and Deb Brown, physician assistant, discuss a patient's case on Sept. 28 at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. The clinic, on Plomondon Road, offers free health care for those without insurance and advocacy for those with limited English language skills.
Lea Gutierrez, clinic supervisor, at right, and Deb Brown, physician assistant, discuss a patient's case on Sept. 28 at the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. The clinic, on Plomondon Road, offers free health care for those without insurance and advocacy for those with limited English language skills. (James Rexroad for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington ran as a walk-in urgent care, providing basic health care needs for uninsured and underinsured Clark County residents. Now, it operates on an appointment-based system, serving as more of a primary care facility where patients can come for repeat, routine care.

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