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Free walk-in clinic today on Anthony

– No health insurance? No problem. A free walk-in clinic is being offered today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Wayne Medical Clinic, 3537 N. Anthony Blvd., Suite C. The office is about one block south of Coliseum Boulevard.

Anyone waiting at 2 p.m. will be seen by the doctor.

Organizers are erecting a tent to protect patients from the sun in case the line stretches outside the doors of the small clinic. Wal-Mart has donated 1,000 bottles of water to keep patients hydrated.

The idea for the event sprang from a conversation between Chris Palevich, MedTech College’s director of career service, and Dr. Syed Sohail, a local physician and clinic owner. They are both concerned about how long some people have to wait for free health care, so they agreed to work together.

Sohail is volunteering his time to treat patients. About 35 MedTech nursing students, accompanied by licensed nurses, will get hands-on experience taking blood pressure readings and doing other basics.

Canterbury Nursing has donated staff time and diabetes testing supplies to help evaluate patients.

The pharmacy that’s connected to the clinic has agreed to match Wal-Mart’s $4 price on a list of prescription drugs. Anyone who gets a prescription from Sohail can get it filled on the spot, Palevich said.

The combined value of the donated time and supplies is thousands of dollars, organizers said.

MedTech has organized health fairs in the past, but they were on a more limited scope than today’s event, Palevich said. He hopes to start scheduling free clinic days quarterly at various locations.

Canterbury Nursing, which provides short-term and long-term skilled nursing care, has offered to host the next event. Canterbury’s assistant administrator is Maya Palevich, who is married to Chris.

Nursing students can always use the practice, which can make them more attractive job applicants, Chris Palevich said. And local physicians are stepping up to volunteer for future events.

“Since we’re doing this,” he said, “several other doctors have contacted me saying, ‘We want to help do this, too.’ ”

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