The Free Medical Clinic Awarded Grant from The Leon Levine Foundation

The Leon Levine Foundation Funds Medical Care and Medications for the Uninsured at The Free Medical Clinic

Columbia, SC (July 20, 2018) – The Free Medical Clinic announced today it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Leon Levine Foundation to fund access to medical care, services, and medications for those in our community that are uninsured and in need. The Free Medical Clinic provides high quality healthcare and medications to those that are uninsured and at or below 175% of the Federal Poverty Level.

”We are so grateful to The Leon Levine Foundation for awarding us these funds to help the Clinic continue to provide access to high quality health care and medications to those in our community who do not have insurance and cannot afford such care,” said Freddie Strange, Executive Director of The Free Medical Clinic. “We have served a valuable role in our community for over 34 years and the Clinic and our services are needed more than ever as the healthcare landscape continues to change. The addition of this support will allow us to continue our tradition of providing care to the underserved as well as looking to the future and how we might expand our services.”

 Tom Lawrence, executive director of The Leon Levine Foundation, said: “We know that limited access to quality healthcare for those in need adversely affects individual health and raises overall community costs for care. Our Board of Directors is excited to begin a partnership with The Free Medical Clinic because of its investment in the uninsured and underserved.” He continued, “The Free Medical Clinic is a valued partner in Columbia’s collaborative network of health care providers; now we’re honored to call the Clinic a partner of ours, too.”

During 2017, The Free Medical Clinic provided care to 1,858 patients through 5,102 on-site visits and procedures. Our on-site pharmacy dispensed 45,201 prescriptions worth over $4.4M. Ninety medical professionals and 2,164 students volunteered 22,195 hours in 2017; the value of the on-site donated medical services is $207,757. The Clinic primarily serves patients from the metro Columbia area, but treated patients from 14 South Carolina counties last year.

Founded in 1984 by the Rev. Bill Bouknight, former pastor of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, the Clinic has provided health care and medication services to over 100,000 patients. All services are provided at no-cost to the patients. 

About The Leon Levine Foundation

Started by Leon Levine – the founder of the first Family Dollar Store in Charlotte, N.C. – in 1980, The Leon Levine Foundation’s mission is to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable, and life-changing impact throughout the Carolinas. The organization invests in nonprofits with strong leadership, a successful track record, and a focus on sustainability in the areas of healthcare, education, Jewish values, and human services. For more information, please visit www.leonlevinefoundation.org.

Caryn Little