Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C-Schenectady) today visited the Schenectady Free Health Clinic at its new location on Franklin Street in Schenectady to present a legislative grant for $20,000 to underwrite the costs of providing free health care and prescription drugs to the uninsured in Schenectady County.
"With health care costs through the roof, it’s free clinics like this that help keep the uninsured healthy," said Tedisco. "The people of Schenectady are blessed to have such generous medical professionals who volunteer their time to provide them with medical attention."
While thanking Bethesda House for originally hosting the clinic, Tedisco said that the new clinic location is a great improvement from the clinic’s original site. "The clinic has grown so much that the 375 square feet of space at Bethesda House became too small," said Tedisco. "The new location provides 2,000 square feet of space and will help the clinic provide medical services to Schenectady County’s nearly 20,000 medically uninsured residents."
Founding member and board chairperson of the Schenectady Free Health Clinic, Mardy Moore, said, "The level of support the clinic has received from state officials has been both incredible and inspirational. This most recent contribution, made possible through the efforts of Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, will have enormous impact on the clinic’s ability to provide free health care to those in greatest need – the uninsured, the unemployed and the homeless."
The Schenectady Free Health Clinic, a service of the Volunteer Physicians Project of Schenectady, treats patients on Thursdays and intends to be open on Wednesdays in the near future. The clinic is at 600 Franklin St., Suite 205, Schenectady.