Posted By: Camila Orti
The People's City Mission Health Clinic has become the third largest free clinic in the nation, and is ranked among the top in the country according to a recent survey.
For people like Gerome Mclaurin, the free clinic is potentially life–saving.
"You can't even say how much I can appreciate it because of what they're doing for me," Mclaurin said.
The clinic is helping Mclaurin get a lipoma removed from his neck, a lump of fatty tissue that could eventually become cancerous.
"They're really helping me out with his opportunity to get my neck back in order," Mclaurin said.
It's procedures like these and the number of patients treated that put the Mission so far ahead of other clinics.
The survey was conducted by 'Volunteers of America.'
"I think the survey says just as much about Lincoln as it does about our clinic," Pastor Tom Barber said.
The clinic is run entirely from donations and volunteer work so that people in need can receive health care without paying a dime.
Barber says there are about 35,000 uninsured people in Lancaster County, and the clinic treats nearly half of them. Patients are either homeless or on the poverty line, and last year the health center saw nearly 16,000 of them.
Besides basic health care, the clinic also offers dental and vision services.
For patients, there's no expense, and for the Mission, the average cost per visit is only $16, compared to $80 at other clinics.
"It's because people volunteer, and I think it's a great reflection of Lincoln, Nebraska and just how generous this city is."