Heal Elgin two-day free clinic returns Oct. 8-9
The Heal Elgin 2 Day Free Clinic is back for the fourth year on Oct. 8-9.
The free clinic will provide dental, vision, and medical services to patients on a first-come, first-served basis at Judson University's Linder Fitness Center, 1151 N. State St, Elgin. All services are free and no ID is required.
The City of Elgin is surrounded by many smaller towns and farm areas and because of the many nearby hospitals, serves as a gateway to healthcare for people not wanting to go to Chicago. The free clinic is crucial because of the number of underinsured and underserved people more so than in other cities in Illinois, Mayor Kaptain recently commented.
The Heal Elgin Project grew out of Love Elgin Days in 2018. It started as a community initiative of the Elgin Adventist Church under the leadership of Dr. Terri Dallas-Prunskis, M.D. "This church is a Christian community that goes beyond "church"; and invests in serving the community's needs. Our purpose is to restore the image of God in a world of brokenness, one life at a time.
Services available at the Heal Elgin/AMEN Clinic may include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays, eye exams, glaucoma testing, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made on-site, women's health exams, and general medical exams (blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, stroke, colon rectal cancer), lifestyle counseling (how to increase health and longevity, spiritual counseling and prayer), foot care, relaxing massage (head and neck), and other services.
Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between dental and vision services. Medical services are offered to every patient attending the clinic.
The clinic parking lot at Judson's Fitness Center will open at 4 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Ticket distribution will begin at 5 a.m., and patients will be seen in order of their ticket number when clinic doors open at 10 a.m. This process will repeat on Sunday, Oct. 9, with doors opening at 8 a.m. All guests should enter the Judson University campus by taking River Road, passing the flag entrance and using the roadway leading past to the Riverside Treatment Plant to the Lindner Fitness Center parking lot.
They are encouraging everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible. They will stop seeing patients when the clinic reaches capacity for that day.
In response to COVID-19, they will continue disinfecting and safety processes. All patients will be required to wear a face covering on entering the clinic.
For more information, to donate, or to volunteer, visit www.HealElgin.org or call (630) 318-6225.
About the Heal Elgin Project: The mission of the Heal Elgin Project is to bring physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual healing to the people of the greater Elgin area and beyond through a variety of programs and events. The Heal Elgin Project was started in 2018 as a community initiative of Elgin Adventist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Terri Dallas-Prunskis, M.D. It is sponsored by local businesses, organizations and individuals from Elgin and throughout the Chicago area, and is supported by dedicated healthcare volunteers and qualified staff.
About Adventist Medical Evangelism Network-AMEN is an independent ministry that supports the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; however, it is not part of, affiliated with, or endorsed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland or any of its affiliates known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. AMEN free clinics offer free dental care, general medical care, and health education services to uninsured and under-insured people in the U.S.
About Love Elgin: Love Elgin has been a strong local presence in the community for 10 years with a vision to demonstrate God's love in tangible and spiritual ways to impact people's lives with hope in a transformational way. The Love Elgin team, led by Pastor Jeorge Holmes, seeks to minister to those who may be hurting in some area of life and need immediate resources to help them connect to short-term and long-term solutions. Love Elgin is supported by many local churches and undergirded by local pastors, churches, and businesses.
About Judson University: Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Nestled along the beautiful Fox River in Elgin, Ill., just 36 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson is home to more than 1,200 students from 43 states and more than 27 countries. Judson offers degrees in more than 60 different majors and minors for traditional, graduate and adult students and ranks consistently among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
The City of Elgin is a unique community that proudly distinguishes itself from the rest of the metropolitan area. Its approachable, progressive identity is anchored in its resilient history and strong, diverse community that continues to embody a desire for an even brighter future. The community's 180-year history is dotted with challenges, growth and innovation that has emboldened Elgin to become unapologetically itself. Mayor David Kaptain has served the community as mayor since 2011.
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