Reporter: Carleigh Griffeth
Lynchburg, VA- For those who have no insurance, a free clinic in Lynchburg offers treatment absolutely free. They've treated hundreds of people there. And look forward to treating many more.
It operates out of the nurse's quarters at Liberty Christian Academy and is completely volunteer-based. Two doctors, several nurse practitioners, and a few helping hands see patients other clinics turn away.
And they do it in honor of someone who cared deeply for this community.
Ruth Brooks, a nurse practitioner, passed away from breast cancer in 2008. In her memory, long-time friend and co-worker, Dr. Gregg Albers decided to open a truly free clinic.
Every Wednesday for the past four years, if someone has a need, they're seen.
"Most of the people who come to the Ruth Brooks Free Clinic cannot get into one of the other free clinics or community clinics," said Dr. Gregg Albers, Founder of Ruth Brooks Free Clinic.
That's because at other free clinics, patients are required to prove their need for free services. That means showing proof of income. After that, and other paperwork, there's still a screening process that could take a week or more.
"I feel like we're helping a group of people that might not necessarily get that help somewhere else. Or would have to wait and fill out a lot of paperwork," said Celya Faulconer, Staff Manger of Ruth Brooks Free Clinic.
"It's just hard to do that because they said we can't do this, we can't do this. You've got to have this, you've got to have this. And it's a big run-around," said Kenneth Gentry, a free clinic patient.
But at Ruth Brooks, you show up, sign up, and wait for your name to be called. The clinic takes the first 20 people who come in. And 20 is actually more of a guideline than a rule. Patients are rarely turned away.
"Put down my name. There was no questions asked. I mean, when they say free, that's what it is, free, unconditional help," said Gentry.
"It was gratifying that we hit the right niche. And that we were available to people who really could not get it anywhere else," said Dr. Albers.
"They're a blessing. They're truly a blessing," said Gentry.