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History

The Community Free Clinic has been in operation since February 1990 when Dr. Marty Gallagher began seeing patients at the Union Rescue Mission. In 1995, we moved to West Franklin Street where we had exam rooms and a reception area with a waiting room. In 2003, the 5400 square foot medical office became available at 249 Mill Street and the clinic purchased it. It features five exam rooms, one of which is a minor procedure room; a waiting room, receptionist area with file storage, and a prescription storage area as well as an area dedicated to prescription packaging and labeling. In 2018, Dr. Mitesh Kothari and his wife Erin donated an office suite in a medical complex located at 235 Mill Street. We took ownership in May 2018 and renovations began. In May 2019 we launched our Community Mental Health Care program in this new area at 235 Mill Street.

Community Free Clinic is a "safety net" provider for Washington County residents who are uninsured. Washington County has roughly 150K residents according to the 2010 census. That same data shows 7.1% of those were uninsured. Which translates to roughly 10, 691 of Washington County residents without health insurance. Most of our patients work two or three part-time jobs which does not make them eligible for health insurance through an employer. Or they are in that 90 day transition period between jobs and the COBRA payment is just more than can be afforded.

Our Vision

All uninsured citizens of Washington County, Maryland are healthier and more productive through free access to health care.

Our Values

  • Our quality of care and integrity are second to none.
  • We treat our patients with dignity and respect.
  • Every member of our team (staff, volunteers, providers, and Board of Directors) is dedicated to our mission and success.
  • The Clinic maintains a high level of transparency in all operations.
  • We collaborate with many community organizations in order to meet the needs of our patients.
  • We are committed to delivering medical services at the greatest value to our patients.

Our Mission

To make health care accessible to all uninsured citizens of Washington County, Maryland.

Our Staff and Board Members

We are blessed by over over 5,000 hours of volunteer work donated every year. Additionally, we have a dedicated Staff and Board of Directors.

Our Staff

Nicole Houser, Executive Director
Major Warren, Deputy Director
Jeremy Cantner, Mental Health Director
Betty Smith, RN, Clinical Director
Mary Perkins, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner
Bruce Brooks, Licensed Practical Nurse
Ashley McMullen, Grant Specialist
Tammy Ebersole, Medical Receptionist
Tyler Harshman, Fund Raising & Event Coordinator
Barb Leatherman, Medical Receptionist
Christie Sheffield, Medical Assistant, Patient Advocate
Lee Weiss, Registered Medical Assistant
Kim Kinna, Registered Nurse

Our Board Members

Julia Truby, Tri-State Printing, President
Michael Barnes, Senior Benefit Services, Vice President
John Menard, CNB Bank, Treasurer
Deborah Everhart, Retired, Secretary
Sandra Fowler, MD, Meritus Family Medicine, Medical Director
Cynthia Harbaugh, Retired
Connie Mozingo, Coldwell Banker Innovations
Dwayne Shrader, CNB Bank
Michael Stanford, CES Properties
Jim Stone, Esq, Kane, Wilburn, & Stone
David Taylor, Think Loud Development

How you can help

Community Free Clinic is not state or federally funded. We receive our funding from grants, fundraisers and donations. People like you, donate their time, talents, and treasures to help keep the community healthy and productive. Call us today to see how you can partner with us.