About Us

The Mission

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 200% (effective 1/1/19) Federal Poverty guidelines and have no private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or VA


Everyone in Anderson County can access quality essential primary health care, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our History

  • 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.
  • 2019 – Holiday Appeal for a two year pledge commitment.
  • 2019- Adding In-clinic vision care.

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.

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, Anderson County Health Department, Anderson University, Cancer Association of Anderson, Clemson University, United Way, and the homeless shelters.
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