Salem Free Clinics (SFC) was started in January 2005 as an outreach by West Salem Foursquare Church (WSFC). As WSFC met with people living in the Edgewater district of West Salem asking what they could do to help…the number one answer was the need for access to healthcare. With the need for medical help in mind, Dr. Marion Reynolds and Todd Gould (Outreach Pastor) made their first house call. Walker Middle School (located in West Salem) offered the use of their gym for the first 5 years of SFC’s existence meeting every 1st and 3rd Saturday afternoon.
As Salem Alliance Church (SAC) began praying about God’s plan for their new building on Broadway St. NE, they surveyed the Grant/Highland neighborhoods. Again, healthcare needs rose to the top. At the same time SFC was praying for a permanent place to call home. Because we serve a great God who knows all things, He led to a partnership developed between SFC and SAC. On October 3, 2009 SFC moved into a temporary location in Salem awaiting a final move to its new permanent facility. During the stay at our interim location we expanded from 2 clinics a month to 10 clinics a month.
In November, 2009, SFC expanded to include a satellite clinic at Trinity Covenant Church in South Salem. This clinic meets on the second Saturday morning of each month. In August, 2011 SFC also expanded in to Polk County with the start of the Polk Community Free Clinic located in Dallas, OR. In August, 2012, they expanded their clinic offering the to two clinics a month on the1st and 4th Saturdays.
On September 4, 2010 we moved into our permanent location on Broadway St. NE. We continue to trust God to show us how to grow and expand our services. In our main facility we currently offer acute care, dental services and specialty clinics such as gynecology, orthopedics, podiatry, diabetes, and more. These clinics are available to our patients via referral from our providers. We also continue to expand our Mental Health and Counseling services in our satellite location on Portland Road in Salem. God is continuing to bless us in amazing ways, and we look forward to His leading for SFC’s future.
- Corban University plans to expand their clinic partnership by Fall, 2014 by doubling the number of counseling interns available to help clients.
- Because we dream of having patient care available 6 days/week, we are seeking funding to hire a nurse practitioner to work alongside our volunteer providers.
- We plan to expand our Broadway location to include additional office space.
- In March 2012 we were able to hire a part-time Clinic Coordinator to help organize patient scheduling for our appointments as well as volunteer scheduling for each of our clinics.
- After being accepted for a grant from Kaiser Permanente in early 2012 to begin the expansion of our diabetic services for our patients we were able to hire a Diabetic Clinic Coordinator in May.
- Our satellite clinic in Dallas, Polk Community Free Clinic, added a second clinic day on the first Saturday of each month doubling their capacity for patient care.
- In 2012 we determined that we would convert our paper chart system to an electronic medical record. In September we started Practice Fusion volunteer training and initial implementation in November in our Mental Health clinics with the commitment to start all clinics in January 2013.
- After years of dreaming about helping parolees coming out of the penal system, in 2012 we started reaching into the penitentiary to provide services to inmates coming out of the institution.
- 308 volunteers served at SFC, giving the clinic 21,696 hours of their time. This is an in kind donation of $581,552 to Salem Free Clinics. The hours contributed by our volunteers were the equivalent of 10 FTE.