St. Andrew Medical Center

A local medical clinic that offers free healthcare to the uninsured will be able to treat even more patients in the future.

The St. Andrews Community Medical Center received a 96-thousand dollar grant Thursday from the Blue Foundation For A Healthy Florida.

The Blue Foundation is the charitable arm of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida.

Until recently the St. Andrews center had to turn away new applicants but after Bay Medical Center provided funding for a Nurse Practioner they have been able to see about 60 more patients per week. However they couldn't guarantee getting prescription coverage.

That changed with the presentation Thursday morning of a check for 96-thousand dollars from The Blue Foundation. The money will provide medical supplies like diabetes testing and medications.

Jared Skok represented the Foundation at Thursday’s presentation.

"By supporting organizations like this we hope to keep people out of the emergency room, keep the cost low which not only helps the hospitals and the health care system as a whole, but also our customers."

Dr. Curtis Williams of the St. Andrews Community Medical Center says it will be making a big difference.

"These folks can't afford that, so in the past they've been doing without. But now through the efforts of the Blue Foundation we'll be able to afford it."

If you would like more information about the centers' services call 785-1419 or visit the clinic at 1616 Cincinnati Avenue in St. Andrews.

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