The Free Clinics to open new Polk County office

The Free Clinics to open new Polk County office

(Hendersonville, NC)….28 February 2020…. The Free Clinics (TFC) was recently announced one of the recipients of Dogwood Health Trust’s Immediate Opportunities and Needs (ION) Grants, receiving an award of $16,300. 

The grant enables TFC to open a new, dedicated office in Polk County later this spring.

Last year, The Free Clinics provided access to over $1.39M in value of care to Polk County residents, all while working out of several spaces shared with other social services in the area.

The new office, located in Columbus, will provide a stable, central location for patients to access TFC’s care, while allowing for more employees and volunteers to supplement available services. 

Polk case manager Jada Scruggs says of her new space, “I am so excited to be in a location where the people of Polk County can come in to learn more about The Free Clinics and how our team can serve them, no matter the need—even if what they may need is just to have a listening ear.” 

TFC executive director Judith Long echoes Scruggs’ excitement. “The need in Polk County is great; these funds allow us to expand and deepen our work. This is a tremendous investment in persons in need. We are deeply grateful to Dogwood Health Trust for their support.”

TFC will announce a grand opening once renovations on the space are complete.

For more information about The Free Clinics in Polk County please contact Polk Case Manager Jada Scruggs, CCMA at 828.697.8422 or

The Free Clinics is changing lives together, with hope and health. Established in 2001, TFC partners with over 220 volunteers and 179 community health care providers to ensure quality, accessible care for over 2,000 of our uninsured, low-income neighbors in Henderson and Polk Counties. TFC programming employs a person-centered model to address acute and chronic conditions, mental and behavioral health, medication access, and other barriers to health for the most vulnerable among us. To learn more, visit

Dogwood Health Trust is a North Carolina nonprofit corporation with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust became operational upon the sale of Mission Health’s assets to HCA Healthcare and is the recipient of the net proceeds of the sale. To learn more, please visit


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