To serve the health needs of the underserved citizens of Anderson County through community engagement and partnerships with those who care.
To accomplish this mission the Free Clinic provides dental and medical care and assistance in obtaining medication to the uninsured poor who meets 100% Federal Poverty guidelines and have no private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA.
The Free Clinic also provides health care information to persons in the Anderson County community who are in need of medical attention.
Everyone in Anderson County can access quality essential primary health care, regardless of their ability to pay.
- 1984 – Founded as a non-profit agency, operating from a little house in downtown Anderson on John Street next to St. John’s Methodist Church.
- 1984 – The Clinic first opened its doors on Wednesday, December 5
- 1985 – Maureen Sartini, the Free Clinic’s first paid staff member, was hired in January for 6 hours a week.
- 1985 – The Free Clinic’s first pharmacy was divided between a walk-in closet and the kitchen pantry in the John Street house.
- 1989 – The first Walk with the Docs was held on Saturday, March 18
- 1998 – On Valentine’s Day, the Fant Street location opens with 6 medical exam rooms, 3 dental exam rooms and one lab.
- 2002 – Satellite Clinic in Honea Path is opened to serve the rural areas of Anderson County
- 2007 – Dental hygiene is added to dental clinic services, doubling the number of patients seen by the volunteer dentists.
- 2009 – Maureen Sartini, AFC’s first Executive Director retires in July after 25 years at the helm of the Free Clinic.
- 2012 – AFC pharmacy dispenses 38,776 prescriptions, a volume comparable to or greater than many stand-alone pharmacies.
- 2013 – AFC begins a stringent process to become certified by the South Carolina Free Clinic Association.
- 2016 – The Free Clinic begins using electronic medical records instead of paper charts.
- 2017 – Tammie Collins becomes Executive Director.
Who We Serve:
The Free Clinic uses federal poverty guidelines to qualify patients. In addition to income qualification, patients must be adult, uninsured, and live in Anderson County. Many of our patients are spouses, mothers and fathers who lost their jobs and or insurance in this economic recession. Most suffer from chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
- Our nurse practitioner and volunteer physicians conducted 4,833 medical visits for over 1,700 patients.
- More than 900 dental procedures had been conducted by our dentists and dental hygienists.
- Our onsite pharmacy dispensed over 17,800 prescriptions. Most prescriptions dispensed are medications to treat conditions that can be life threatening if untreated such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and infections that patients cannot go without. The value of those prescriptions was over $3.6 million.
- Provided overall $5.4 million in services to patients at a cost in operating expenses of $300 per patient.
Our Staff and Volunteers:
- The Free Clinic has a small staff with 13 full time employees and 2 part-time employees.
- Over 250 community volunteers from all walks of life donate their time/services. Over 75% of our workforce is volunteer.
- Approximately 100 doctors, dentists and other health care providers volunteer in the clinic while referral doctors provided 609 appointments at their offices. The value of services provided by doctors and dentists at the Clinic in 2017, was over $800,000 (based on Dept of Labor allowed volunteer labor values). That value does not include procedure value.
The Free Clinic is Unique Because:
- We are the only agency in Anderson providing free medical and dental care to low income, uninsured residents of Anderson County. We are the primary healthcare home for our patients.
- AFC receives little government funding. Our four major sources of funding, in order of significance, are: 1) Individuals and Churches, 2) Grants, and 3) Annual Campaigns/Fundraisers.
- AFC leverages resources by collaborating with other organizations, such as: AnMed Health, AID Upstate, Anderson County Health Department, Cancer Association of Anderson, the South Carolina Gastroenterology Association, and the homeless shelters.
The Anderson Free Clinic makes a difference in the lives of our patients.
“I truly don’t know what I would do if not for the free clinic and the pharmacy. I started having multiple medical problems all at the same time. Not having insurance or doctors raised the level of anxiety and panic attacks. My depression went into overdrive and I almost never went outside and stayed in bed 80% of the time. I thank God for all of the people here and the Free Clinic and Pharmacy.”
“The Anderson Free Clinic is nothing short of a blessing for many people in a time of need. The staff and Doctors are always kind and helpful in every way. Thank God for all of you.”
For More Information Contact: Tammie Collins at 864-512-7810