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AmeriCares Free Clinics opened its newest location in Bridgeport, CT, in late September, to a crowd of nearly 100 onlookers including the city’s mayor, John Fabrizi, who helped find the space to house the clinic in Bridgeport’s Hollow section.
“I know what it’s like firsthand to know someone who is uninsured or under-insured,” said Mayor Fabrizi. “That is why I and many others in my administration worked so hard since 2003 to make this clinic a reality.”
The clinic, one of three run by AmeriCares Free Clinics, has been providing free health care to the uninsured by operating from a mobile medical unit since 2003. The new permanent location in Bridgeport features five examination rooms, and as a result will be able to expand its operations. The other two locations are in Norwalk and Danbury.
This new clinic is named the Weisman Clinic, in honor of generous donor Fred Weisman, a longtime supporter of AmeriCares and a board member since 2003. His contribution to the AmeriCares Free Clinics includes a multi-year grant for Bridgeport and the purchase of the mobile medical unit, which has served the local community for nearly a decade. Weisman’s impact extends well beyond financial support, as he played an active role in designing the mobile medical unit and in facilitating the construction of this new location.
“We are extremely grateful to Fred for his loyalty and commitment to AmeriCares and the AmeriCares Free Clinics over the years,” says AmeriCares President and CEO Curt Welling. “Fred has always offered his help on many levels and as a result has made a tremendous impact on the people of Bridgeport.”
Since opening in 2003, the AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport has provided health care services valued at over $2.7 million to more than 1,200 city residents. Providing general medical services to people 18 and older, as well as a specialty clinic for patients with chronic medical conditions, the clinic also has access to prescribed laboratory/diagnostic testing through partnerships with Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Quest Diagnostics.
The clinic is open to patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm and Saturdays from 9am to noon.