Free physicals at the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT/FILE)
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic in Sevierville hopes people with a medical background will volunteer to help the uninsured in the county.
The clinic does have some paid staff, but really relies on volunteers to treat more than 19,000 patients. They turn away hundreds of people a month because they can't take in any more people.
"We have over 19,000 patients of record right now. We see folks who have no medical insurance," said Ashley Justice.
Janis Collart volunteers as a dental hygienist on the dental side. She says she enjoys helping people in need.
"It just helps me feel good about myself, to make other people happy and really and truly get them out of pain," said Collart. "I'm just happy to be helping people here. Because you can't imagine the need."
The clinic says whatever your medical background, they can find a place for you to fit in.
"And what they do is really really essential. We could not run this clinic without our volunteers," said Justice.
A fundraiser is planned on Tuesday for the clinic at Reagan's House of Pancakes in Pigeon Forge. A $5 donation gets you access to a free buffet and drink. The fundraiser will run from 7AM to 1PM Tuesday, November 19, 2013.
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