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AMEN Clinic to offer free health care to uninsured in Boise

Posted: 12:53 PM, Sep 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-05 05:54:12-04

AMEN Boise is a free, First come first serve clinic, with a goal of serving those who need help.

The clinic is coming to Boise September 12th through 14th at Expo Idaho, offering dental, vision, and medical care. It will run from 10 am to 8 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 8 am to 4 pm on Friday. They are expecting to serve nearly 1,500 people this year.

"This clinic is going to serve anyone who is underinsured or uninsured, or even finds themselves in that gap where they just can't afford to go get dental service," says Clinic Director, Liz Thomsen.

AMEN Clinic is coming back to Boise after a successful first year last April to help those who are in need when it comes to getting medical, vision, and dental care. All of which Is offered to these people for free.

But while free to the patient, it is not free to the promoter.

Which is why the clinic is bringing in nearly 800 volunteers ranging from doctors, dentists, general staff, and security.

"As an oral surgeon my job will be mainly to remove teeth, and give advice to patients for future dental care," says Dr. Nicholas Massoth, a volunteer an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

The Adventist Medical Evangelism Network or AMEN group helps organize these free clinics all across the United States, with a mission to "make a difference in our own backyard."

The clinic is brought to Boise by resident Fred Cornforth, who had a desire to bring a free health care clinic to the Treasure Valley as a way of giving back, hitting close to home as his family could not always afford the health care they needed when he was a child.

Now after one year of helping over 1,400 patients, organizers expect to help at least that many this time around, with the help of around ten sponsors.

"They're thankful. You can't believe the number of people that are just so appreciative because they've needed medical care in one way or another... they get medical care they're not going to get otherwise," says Dr. Jon Kattenhorn, a volunteer from Saint Alphonsus Medical Group.

And in an effort to keep up on the medical care, the clinic has teamed up with Snake River Pharmacy for free refills on prescriptions written at the clinic.

For information on how you can volunteer, head to AMENBoise.org.