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Hagerstown Free Clinic Aims To Take New Patients

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Chuck Rivanis

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HAGERTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown says it hopes to start accepting new patients by early March.

The clinic stopped seeing new patients in late October due to a funding shortfall.

The executive director told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown newspaper Sunday that a fund drive, combined with cost-cutting measures, may make it possible for the clinic to start expanding its patient roster again.

The clinic has about 3,500 active patients.

The clinic said in November it needed about $500,000 to cover operating expenses for the fiscal year ending June 30, and to reopen its doors to new patients.

Officials say demand for clinic services has grown as more people have lost their jobs and health insurance.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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