BG free clinic opens doors

first_imgWhat: Battle Ground HealthCare ribbon-cutting ceremony.Why: The clinic provides free primary care for uninsured adults ages 18 to 65 whose income is 200 percent or less of the federal poverty level. Call the clinic to schedule an appointment. The clinic is currently open only on Tuesday nights.When: 4 to 6 p.m. May 22.Where: 11117 N.E. 189th St. Suite 216 in Battle Ground.Information: 687-8941; http://www.battlegroundhealthcare.org.When Ken Nodes was employed and insured, he was able to manage his diabetes with regular visits to a physician.But when the Battle Ground resident lost his job six months ago, he lost his employer-provided medical insurance and couldn’t keep up with payments for doctor visits.“My diabetes was completely out of control, and I knew I needed a doctor or I was going to be in really bad shape,” Nodes said.Nodes’ situation isn’t unique, especially in north Clark County, said Sue Doyle, an occupational therapist.“This north county area still has a really high patient-to-doctor ratio, even if you have insurance,” she said. “When you don’t have insurance, there are no services.”But now low-income, uninsured adults have at least one option in north county. This month, Battle Ground HealthCare opened the doors to its free clinic in Meadow Glade. The clinic will celebrate its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this month.last_img read more