Free clinic comes to Morgan County

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DEER LODGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For 20 years, one east Tennessee doctor has operated free clinics to provide the underinsured with health services.

Today, we got a look inside Dr. Tom Kim's newest spot in Deer Lodge, Morgan County.

He'll be seeing patients at the old Deer Lodge School starting next Wednesday, April 10.

Just a month ago, the room that holds the clinic was a old classroom. But after a quick and thorough renovation, it's now ready to hold patients.

"Our society's problem is diabetes, hypertension, all the way," said Dr. Tom Kim. "200-300% I can take care of that: diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disease, other things."

That's why Dr. Kim is opening up his newest clinic in Deer Lodge, to give the uninsured and poor the chance to get these tests for free.

"I'm expecting people to come from 40-50 mile radius because they don't have any money or insurance to get to see a doctor or buy medicine," said Dr. Kim.

Deer Lodge is 20 miles from Wartburg, 20 miles from Jamestown, and another 40 miles away from his closest free clinic in Oneida.

The need for a free clinic was even more apparent after the Deer Lodge Medical Center shut down at the end of last year.

"Well because we have a large population here that are spread out among these back roads and all these hills, and we are not close to anything," said Ella Smith, who works in Deer Lodge and was instrumental in coordinating the opening of the clinic.

If you want to make an appointment, you can call Monday through Friday at 423-965-5118.

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