Free medical, dental, and mental health care is provided by volunteer doctors, providers, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and support staff.
Recently, doctors have seen an increase in patients needing care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, and mental illness. In response to these needs, Seager Clinic volunteers have begun offering several specialty clinic in addition to routine medical care. We have a specialty diabetes clinic, podiatry clinic, ophthalmology clinic, mental health clinic, and pulmonology clinic. We also routinely have volunteer physicians from multiple different sub-specialties available to our patients.
We have been able to help lower our diabetic patients’ A1c levels. We provide free prescription eyeglasses to our patients. We provide select patients with partial dentures at no cost to them. We provide free medications and immunizations to our patients.
Many of the patients seen at the Seager Memorial Clinic are homeless, live in shelters, or in low-cost housing. They do not have any other access to healthcare. By managing their acute and chronic conditions, they avoid compounding their health issues.
In Utah, 29% of the homeless population are children, 29% of Utah homeless experience mental illness or substance abuse and 35% of Utah’s homeless report domestic violence (Day, et al, 2014. p4)
Day, J., Pendleton, L., Smith, M., Hartvigsen, A., Frost, P., Tolman, A., Quackenbush, K. (2014, October 1). Comprehensive Report On Homelessness. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from https://jobs.utah.gov/housing/scso/documents/homelessness2014.pdf
Lampros, J. (2013, September 16). Volunteers keep Seager Clinic running, helping the homeless and working poor. Retrieved January 5, 2016, from http://www.standard.net/Volunteers/2013/09/16/Volunteers-keep-Seager-Clinic-running-helping-the-homeless-and-working-poor.html
“Honestly, I have no words to adequately express my esteem for you and what the mission is becoming. What an example of compassionate care for the community.“
“Volunteering at Seager Memorial Clinic has been such a great experience for me. It has allowed me to get to know many of the incredible doctors and nurses that volunteer there and it has been so helpful to see the different ways they demonstrate patient care. Each person has a slightly unique approach and I feel like I have been fortunate to learn under some great individuals. Possibly more important however is, it has provided me with valuable patient exposure and has given me a unique perspective on healthcare. Seeing those that are “down on their luck” and possibly in circumstances where they have nowhere else to turn, can be very humbling. It has been incredible to witness cases where someone truly needed care, and the staff at the clinic met their needs in a caring way. I believe in the clinic and I think it is such a noble cause. It is a great opportunity to be a part of it and I look forward to more in the future.“
“From the provider side, having a place for students to come and have hands on experience and leaving with a glimpse of helping others and making a difference is priceless.“
“A mom brought her young children in sick with colds and ear infections. She just seemed to be at the end of her rope. When we finished she had tears in her eyes and spoke of her gratitude for the clinic, the medications and our love. It is such a privilege to serve the less fortunate and make things a bit better for them.“