NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Anticipation is brewing in New Albany as a long awaited free medical clinic prepares to open its doors.
The Agape Health Clinic will open to the public Saturday, providing medical care to patients without health insurance.
Latesha Barton lives right across the street from the clinic. She said she's excited that it's opening. She said with four kids and no health insurance, she plays Dr. Mom.
"If there are things I need to go for, I will go [to the doctor]. But I'm not going to lie. If there is something [sickness] I can fix myself, I will do it [at home]," said Barton.
She said a lot of families without health insurance are forced to care for themselves. She said it's hard to get medical help when you don't have the coverage or the money to pay for it.
"There are a lot of places out there to me that worry about insurance other than people's health. There are certain doctors you can go to and certain doctors you can't. I don't think that's right," added Barton.
That's one reason why organizers said they created the free clinic. The other reason? To share the love of Christ.
"We knew there was a big need in this community. Other communities have done the same thing, and it has really helped those patients in those areas," said Dr. Eric Harding.
The clinic will open one Saturday a month. A pool of doctors and nurse practitioners has agreed to rotate. At least three medical professionals will be available each time the clinic opens.
"[We will] provide chronic health care for those with chronic health problems, such as hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol. We are doing preventative health care. We won't be doing any acute care because we will only be open once a month," said Harding.
More volunteers are still needed to ensure the facility operates like any other medical clinic.