Influx Of Patients Prompts Freeze At W.Va. Clinic

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Ranson, W.Va. (AP) -- A free clinic in Jefferson County says it can't accept any more new patients because of an influx of people seeking medical care.

The Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic in Ranson serves low-income people who don't have health insurance.

On Monday, the clinic suspended screenings for new clients.

Stacie Rohn with the clinic says the number of patients has risen by nearly 1,000 since January 2008.

The clinic now serves nearly 2,700 people.

Rohn says several factors may have contributed to the increase, including more awareness of the clinic, an ailing economy and increased demand due to seasonal illnesses.

Clinic officials are working to increase staff and hope to resume accepting new patients as early as January.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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