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Free Clinic Finds New Home

On April 25, 2012 THE SUN newspaper published an article by staff writer Rachael Taft titled "Free clinc finds new home."  A photo of the article is shown below, followed by a recreation of the article's text and picture for easier readability:


Free clinic finds new home

by Rachael Taft, Staff Writer

The Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic will move to a new location this fall.  The board of directors of the free clinic announced Tuesday the purchase of a new building at 21297 Olean Blvd. in Port Charlotte.

Located in the same area as Fawcett Memorial and Peace River hospitals, the location should prove more convenient for the 6,000 uninsured, underinsured and economically disadvantaged Port Charlotte residents the clinic serves each year, CEO Suzanne Roberts said.

"It really makes sense branding-wise, patient-wise and donor-wise to be able to be in the medical district in Charlotte County." Roberts said. "It's a wonderful fit for our organization and the community."

The 8,800-square-foot building, appraised at $1 million, was purchased for $875,000 from retired anesthesiologist Fredrick P. Swing.  It will serve as a home for the organization's clinic, pharmacy and administrative offices.  The cost of the purchase was covered by donated funds earmarked at the Charlotte Community Foundation by local philanthropist and retired IBM engineer Virginia Andes.  "This is Virginia's dream for our clinic, so she really needs the accolades here," Roberts said.  "We were absolutely bursting at the seams where we are now."

The clinic still needs to raise funds fro renovations of the building.  The fundraising will begin with its Clinic Future Fund Campaign, set to be launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the building in late May.  Roberts said the clinic need to raise around $150,000 to cover renovations and other costs.

The clinic, which opened in 2008, is currently located in an aging, 3,000-square-foot trailer in a residential neighborhood on Gibralter Street in Port Charlotte.  The board of directors first began searching for a new building in 2010, establishing a building committee to find a suitable location.  Roberts said the plan was for the clinic to be moved into the new building by September, with a grand opening in October.

 Local philanthropist Virginia Andes donated the funds that have allowed the Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic to purchase a new building located in Charlotte County's medical district.

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