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Free Medical Clinic Opens in Downtown Killeen

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KILLEEN, TX - (KCEN) – A new non-profit has opened its doors in downtown Killeen with the hopes of offering free medical help to uninsured and low income individuals.

It’s called Open Vision and currently offers free screenings including glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass index, and other helpful resources.

“What we had in mind was to build in stages, and gear toward the needs of the community,” Open Vision medical director and creator Dr. Lincoln Coffie said.

Coffie works as an ER physician at Metroplex and is also a local pastor for Open Fire International Fellowship. It was in both of these places – he saw the great need for low cost healthcare.

“I’ve had patients that said they don’t have four dollars to go get a prescription,” he said. “We want them to know we are here to make a difference.”

But Coffie’s vision is just starting. Although they’re only offering very basic screenings right now, Coffie says they’re gathering information from the patients coming in to determine what medical care is needed most in the community.

“The next step is identifying the needs of different areas, and we will begin brining in specialists like cardiologists,” Coffie said. “We’re making contacts right now with local doctors to donate an hour or two of their time.”

He hopes the clinic will continue to grow and offer more services as the resources become available. “I finally feel like I’m doing something to make an impact, a real impact, on people’s lives,” he said.

Open Vision, a non-profit run by volunteers and funded through donations, is open every Thursday from 9am to 5pm, located at 324 East Avenue C in downtown Killeen. To find out more on their services (click here).

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