October 12, 2013
Celebrity Benefit Shoot Raises $3100 for the Free Clinic

Thank you to the sponsors of this year’s event: Academy Sports, B&B Sports & Pa    wn, Coops Gym, Garrett Gun & Pawn, and Grady’s Great Outdoors. & the Belton Gun Club. Whenever you go into one of the businesses that sponsored this event be sure to thank them – they are also our neighbors, friends, and strong supporters of the Anderson Free Clinic.  We would like to thank the Belton Gun Club – for allowing us to use the shotgun ranges and providing all the clays! Because of their generosity every single dollar collected for this event goes to the Anderson Free Clinic. We also want to thank the families in the Bird Busters Sporting Clay 4H program. A special THANK YOU goes to Gene Freund, Executive Director Barb Baptista’s husband, who coordinated this event from start to finish: obtaining raffle prizes, recruiting sponsors, celebrities, participants, volunteers, coordinating the setup and running a very smooth and fun competition.

This year is done and now it’s time to look toward next year’s event. Maybe we can put the same teams together again and see if we can improve our scores. By the way – be sure to “Like” the “Friends of the Free Clinic” Facebook  page – there are many pictures posted there.  Also check our Gallery/ Event page for more Celebrity Benefit Shoot photos.

Team Carol Goldsmith It was a lot of fun Gene! Thanks for inviting me this year. I was SOOOO impressed with how well the kids did..what a great program! You all should be very proud of the great job you do at the Belton Gun Club.


(Carol Goldsmith WYFF News Anchor)

Gene, thanUntitled-1k you and everyone else who was involved in this event.  I must say that there was a “little” apprehension on my part when agreeing to participate.  However, it has to be one of my top non-profit benefits ever.

Take care




September 2013
Las Vegas Gala – Improving the Odds for Free Clinic Patients

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The Anderson Arts Center was transformed on September 6th when supporters of the Free Clinic came together to experience the fun and feeling of Vegas during the Free Clinic’s 3rd Annual Las Vegas Gala fundraiser.

The evening was filled with the excitement and energy of the Vegas Strip!  Throughout the evening, DJ Ben Philips, played music and acted as Emcee. Dr. Art Bruce and his dancing partner, Lisa Tavernier, entertained everyone with encore performances of the dance routines which won them honors at the recent Dancing for Our Heroes event.   A fabulous pasta bar catered by Main Street Catering Co., luscious and decadent desserts, and a High Rollers’ Lounge, added to the feel of being in Vegas!  And of course there were Vegas style games. Using play money, people had the chance to play roulette, blackjack, craps and poker.

The evening also included two silent auctions.  High bidders walked away with a variety of items including merchandise and gift cards from area retailers, gift certificates from area restaurants and greens fees from area golf courses.

IMG_9872There was also a live auction in which high bidders took home a weekend in Maggie Valley, NC, a BMW driving experience, an Electrolux stainless steel refrigerator, a Florida vacation, a chartered fishing expedition in Charleston, SC and a golf outing with Mayor Terrence Roberts and City Manager John Moore.

While the music, food and games were fun, the true focus of the evening was people coming together and supporting the Free Clinic and making it possible for Free Clinic patients to improve their “odds” for better health.

Check our Gallery/ Event page for more  Gala photos.

Many thanks to our Las Vegas Gala Sponsors


August, 2013
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Students Receive Training at the Free Clinic

The community is celebrating a new milestone for Anderson’s healthcare: AnMed Health has added a new component to its medical education offerings as it becomes the branch campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Spartanburg for the purpose of providing the Clinical education of third and fourth year medical students. On July 29th AnMed Health welcomed 10 third year students to town. Their clinical rotations commenced the following day and on August 8th they began  seeing “their” patients at the Anderson Free Clinic.


VCOM students receive the Clinical medicine and the Principles of Primary care courses during the first two years of osteopathic medical school. They begin early clinical experiences in the second year through various clinical experiences with preceptors and clinical simulations

In the third year students complete a variety of clinical experiences including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, surgery, psychiatry, and primary care in an underserved setting to complete a broad understanding of those conditions most likely to be seen in the primary care setting.  The purpose of the primary care rotation in an underserved setting is to foster a passion for Primary Care Underserved Care and to encourage students to practice in an underserved community!DSC_0780

VCOM partners with community based hospitals in the target region of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and bordering West Virginia for the third year Core rotations. AnMed Health became VCOM’s latest partner this year.

“We feel privileged to fulfill our clinical rotations here at AnMed Health and associated institutions. The staff has gone above and beyond to make us feel welcomed. We look forward to serving this community and upholding the integrity of AnMed Health” stated Yoni Bulzan one of the 10 Osteopathic Medical Student who were selected to attend AnMed Health Branch Campus

Dr. Brian Mulroy joined AnMed Health this spring as Director of Osteopathic Medical Education and will be coordinating several elements of student’s rotations. Dr. Stoney Abercrombie, who recently left the position of Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program to become the Director of Medical Education and he points out that “what sets the Anderson Campus apart from the 3rd year clinical campuses for 3rd year students is the fact that those students with affiliation with AnMed Health will have the opportunity not only to be trained in Primary Care to the Underserved but also to have “their own” patients”.

Dr. Amanda Davis who is one of the physicians precepting the students explains: “With this partnership, the medical students  have a ‘continuity panel’ of patients, which means the patients will see the same medical student for every visit. This is a very unique opportunity to have as a medical student! It will be very rewarding to see how building these relationships over time impacts patient care.”  In other campus students don’t have this experience.

Barb Baptista, Executive Director of the Anderson Free Clinic stated:  I’m proud and honored that the clinic is able to partner with AnMed and Anderson University, ensuring that the next generation of health professionals receives the highest standard of clinical training in providing care to the county’s uninsured, who live in poverty.

Dr. Abercrombie really appreciates the Free Clinic and Anderson University’s involvement and contribution to this component of VCOM students’ clinical education. Medical and nursing students will be at the Free Clinic every Thursday afternoon, accompanied by one AnMed faculty doctor” he said.  Dawn Henderson, Assistant Professor at Anderson University Nursing Program will oversee the participation of their students in their program.

Dr. Nate Bradford, who will be one of the attending physicians working with the students has volunteered at the Free Clinic for 12 years. He is confident students will learn a lot more treating and controlling chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. “They will learn to practice good medicine as part of a health care team, using limited resources. They will learn that improved clinical care is not enough to meet today’s major health challenges” completed Dr. Bradford. That is because the 3rd year medical and nursing students will provide continued care to patients who face serious issues of health because of conditions in which they grew up or now influence their life: poor education, inadequate nutrition, poor housing, job choices or conditions, etc

Sandra Brooks, Intake Coordinator at the Anderson Free Clinic noted that in their application to become a Free Clinic patient, it is not uncommon for individuals to point out that they have never had a primary care physician and use the ER to treat chronic conditions. Yet, she states that in the last two years we have accepted many patients who actually had a physician and insurance, but when they lost their job, they also lost their health care resources.


August 2013
Dr. Bob Austin and Dr. Matthew Pray Win Charity Race for AFC

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Thank you Dr. Pray and Dr. Austin!

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On August 24th, Drs. Austin and Pray participated in Friends of Broadway Lake’s Charity Cardboard Boat Race. Not only did they win the race, they also won most creative design! A total of $2600 was presented to the Anderson Free Clinic by Friends of Broadway Lake and the doctors to the Free Clinic.

The Charity Cardboard Boat Race is a part of the annual Family Day at Broadway Lake.
This is the second year that Dr. Austin and Dr. Pray have constructed a unique boat and raced in the  competition.

Many thanks also to  Roy Ivey and Friends of Broadway Lake for such a fun family event!

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The winning design!

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Left to right: Barb Baptista, AFC  Director, Roy Ivey, Friends of Broadway Lake and Karen Mauch, AFC Fund Development Coordinator.