Catholic Charities of Central Florida received a check from the City of St. Cloud for $8,000 on January 11 to support the St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic in St. Cloud.
“Those who are in need will appreciate the many different benefits that the agencies we support provide to them,” said Michael M. Turner, Treasurer of the St. Cloud Citizens Foundation, in an award letter provided to Catholic Charities. Twenty-six different local agencies were awarded grants.
From July 2010 to June 2011, nearly 500 patients were served at the St. Thomas Medical Clinic, totaling 1,224 patient visits. The clinic is a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida in partnership with St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic provides free care to qualified residents of Osceola County.
The clinic is open on Wednesday evenings and is staffed by volunteers, including doctors, nurses and non medical assistants. Funding is provided by donations from individuals, grants, churches and local hospital foundations, along with local fund raising efforts. They also receive in-kind donations of office and medical equipment.
Since inception in 2008, 25 volunteer doctors and about 100 registered nurses and other medical professionals have served the medical needs of some 3,100 plus patients, including adults and children.
The awarded funds will assist the St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic to continue the crucial work they do in the community; serving the sick and uninsured.
The clinic is located on 510 Brown Chapel Rd. in St. Cloud. For more information, please go to www.cflcc.org/ or you may contact Kelly Bender, Office Manager at St. Thomas Aquinas Medical Clinic, at Kbender7@cfl.rr.com.