A project aimed at providing free and low-cost health care to community members reached a milestone recently, when the WHC Clinic in Anderson County was able to purchase necessary dental equipment, thanks to a $25,000 donation from The Action Fund, given Feb. 6.
Under leadership by John and Shirley Shaddock, the WHC (formerly known as the Women’s Health Connections Clinic) provides medical care to men, women and children who are uninsured, indigent or who can’t afford health care — such as those with large families. The clinic is run completely by volunteers, including physicians.
During a celebratory ceremony held Thursday at the clinic, clinic office manager Shirley Shaddock told members of The Action Fund how it all began, adding that much of it would not have been possible without their help.
“We started out just seeing women only, and the need arose to see men and families,” Shaddock said. “Our only requirement for this clinic is that they (patients) have no insurance. They can opt in and pay our office visit charge, or they can fill out a sliding-scale fee (document) which will help them with their office visit if they can't afford it.
“And so just to see the dental part is so exciting to me, because that was the end of my project. Getting the clinic here was the beginning, getting that dental up and running was the end — although I'm not leaving,” Shaddock added with a laugh, “but it's just nice seeing it finally all come together.”
Sharing in her excitement, members of the fund were able to tour clinic facilities Thursday to see where their donations went.
“This is the dental room,” Shaddock said, leading a group. “This is our launching of the project that The Action Fund donated $25,000 to us for.”