The Eastside Vineyard Church of Pickerington is launching a free community-based monthly clinic to assist those in need of basic medical attention.
The medical clinic will commence operations from 7 to 9 p.m. monthly in the church, 333 Jericho Road in Pickerington.
Senior Pastor Adam Babcock said the clinic is a "no-strings attached" offering for people 18 years old and older who don't have access to medical care because of a lack of either insurance or government assistance.
"It's just for routine medical care, not for emergency services," Babcock said.
"It's for those routine things that are going on in people's lives they can't get help for, such as hypertension and high blood pressure," he said.
"If you need a check-up for a physical for work, we can do that."
Acute medical situations will be referred to other area resources, Babcock said.
"If we can't take care of a need we have a great resource base, including other free clinics throughout central Ohio," he said.
Babcock said he believes there is a definite and tangible demand for such a clinic in the Pickerington community and the church has the infrastructure in place to hit the ground running.
"We started our research a year ago and our research validated the need," he said.
"We have a great volunteer network. We have a licensed medical doctor who is a congregation member. He said he would be happy to begin this endeavor.
OhioHealth has donated an exam table and Discount DrugMart has gifted significant resources as well, he said.
A team of 20 volunteers, including five nurses, have committed to the project.
Babcock said "people are just coming out of the woodwork, saying 'yes we want to help our community;' it's very powerful."
The Eastside Vineyard Free Medical Clinic will meet the fourth Thursday of every month.
"It will be first-come, first-served since we have one doctor," Babcock said.
"We can probably see 10 to 15, maybe 20, patients per night," Babcock said.
Each patient is required to fill out an intake form and proof of identification is preferred.
"We don't have any agenda, we're just trying to help people, there is no 'bait and switch' going on," Babcock said.
"Our volunteers serve because they're getting so much out of it.
"They get together to serve our community and have a good time," he said.
Other free services offered by Eastside Vineyard include computer repair, smart phone help and career counseling.
"We've got a couple of (human resources) executives, all volunteers, that offer their expertise," Babcock said. "They look at resumes, give career advice.
"We don't want to be a handout to people, we want to be hand up," he said.
For more information about all of Eastside Vineyard Church's free services, call 614-920-4842.