Every Monday from noon until 6:00 p.m. the East Knox Free Medical Clinic runs out of Magnolia Avenue United Methodist Church. Our TV News Partner, WVLT spoke with Dr. Janet Purkey about how they are coping. Purkey says ”I think we’re going to be allowed to spend a little bit of time running in and out, one or two people, and then yes, we would be working outside from a tent set up which is pretty fabulous. Our Knoxville University students are all excited about, you know just doing it a little different for a little while. It will work,”.
In the meantime, Dr. Purkey and the rest of her team will use a tent set up in the church’s parking lot, while hopefully being able to send a few volunteers into the church to serve the need. The clinic does run with volunteers, they offer physician-prescribed medicine, small procedures and needed medical supplies.
Dr. Purkey says she is hopeful that the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church and the City of Knoxville will work together to fix what needs to be repaired.
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