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Please Support MCTV’s Community Organization Of The Month
Please Support MCTV’s Community Organization Of The Month
MCTV is pleased to recognize the Western Stark Free Clinic as our Community Organization of the Month for May. Please join us in thanking them for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Stark County. You can support them financially at our office.
Western Stark Free Clinic is a free clinic serving low-income, uninsured residents in our community. They are open five days a week and operate primarily with volunteer physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. While services are always provided free to patients, they are not free to provide.
The mission of the Western Stark Free Clinic is to provide community-based, comprehensive, quality health care to low-income, uninsured and underserved residents.
The Free Clinic, which was established in 1999, provides primary medical care for residents of western Stark County including routine care, acute episodic care, as well as care for chronic conditions. Medical, dental, and pharmaceutical services are provided by volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, surgeons, nurses, and trained patient health educators and advocates. To be eligible for services, patients must be 18 years of age or older, meet income eligibility requirements of 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level, and live within the geographical boundaries established by WSFC’s Board of Directors which identifies western Stark County. The north, south and western boundaries of our service area are the Stark County line and the eastern boundary is Whipple Avenue. The Clinic does not accept patients with private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare.
Utilizing volunteers, the Western Stark Free Clinic provided over 1,500 patient visits for approximately 500 unduplicated patients in 2012.  According to the Ohio Association of Free Clinics, every dollar invested in free clinics brought in an average of $6.70 worth of care due to the use of volunteers and other cost-effective strategies.
The number of uninsured continues to grow in our community. It is not only the unemployed but those who are working and in some cases working two jobs that do not have healthcare benefits. Left untreated, many of these people will turn to the emergency rooms at various hospitals in the area. This has the effect of increasing the overall cost of health care for employers and individuals.
Imagine having a toothache causing excruciating pain but not being able to afford to go to a dentist! As an act of desperation, you start to pull your own teeth with a pair of pliers trying to eliminate the pain. You think that you have surely pulled the right tooth, but after the third tooth the pain does not subside. You finally decide to seek help but the waiting lists at other dental clinics in the county are longer than you can wait and the lowest cost you would be seen for was $20. Such an individual then turned to the free dental clinic at the WSFC and was seen immediately.
What if you had sleep apnea which prevented you from sleeping, impacted your ability to get and hold a job, therefore causing you to become homeless and increased your risk of stroke, thus threatening your life? Such a person came to Health Care-A-Van and was seen by a Clinic doctor. The treatment prescribed for this individual included a C-pap machine. Since this individual was homeless and unemployed, he could not afford the machine. In this case, the WSFC was able to negotiate a financial arrangement with a provider and procure a C-pap machine at a reduced cost, which the WSFC is paying for out of operating funds. As a result, this individual has a chance to put his life back together.
These are just two examples of why the Western Stark Free Clinic needs your support to remain a viable option for the low-income, uninsured in western Stark County.
There are many ways to support the Western Stark Free Clinic.  Here is the Clinic’s Wish List for aid:

  • Volunteers:
    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Medical Assistants
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Pharmacists
    • Dentists
    • Dental Assistants 
  • Monetary Donations
  • Dental Supplies
  • Medical Supplies
  • Cleaning Products
  • Office Supplies
  • Paper Products
  • Personal Care Item

Please contact the Western Stark Free Clinic if you would like to donate any of the above items. 
By Phone: 330-834-1546
By Mail:
Western Stark Free Clinic
820 Amherst Road N.E.
Massillon , Ohio 44646
Monday thru Thursday: 9:00 am - noon / 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to noon
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