Hartland Institute is offering a medical and dental clinic for area residents Sunday, Sept. 30. The clinic will provide free medical screenings and dental and vision care to the public from 8 a.m. to 4p.m. at the school’s Madison County campus.

The event is part of the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN), a non-profit program that is dedicated to providing free dental and medical care to the uninsured or underinsured.

Ivonne Betancourt, a Hartland Institute employee and spokesperson for the free clinic, said that the college has been looking for ways to give back to the community as a whole and last year surveyed 88 local residents about their greatest unmet needs. Betancourt said that health care was the top response.

“Almost everyone that we surveyed expressed a need for some type of health care services,” said Betancourt. “There seemed to be a great need for dental and vision care within our community. Surprisingly the next most popular response showed a need for cooking classes.”

Hartland President Norbert Restrepo reiterated the school’s commitment to help the community.

“Part of our mission is to help those within our community,” said Restrepo. “This clinic will help members of the community access medical services.”

Betancourt explained that all services are free, regardless of income. She advised that the clinic is not for emergency care such as chest pain, bleeding or trauma. Doctors will be on hand to provide diabetes screenings and education, check blood pressure and provide medical and mental health consultations. The University of Virginia Ophthalmology department will be performing vision and glaucoma screenings. For patients that require glasses, prescription eyeglasses will be provided. Dentists will be on hand to perform routine cleanings, restorative work such as fillings and extractions.

The services are available to everyone regardless of income or insurance and patients will be seen on a first come first served basis.

The clinic will take place at the Hartland College Conference Center, 278 Dogwood Lane, Rapidan.

Hartland Institute is a self-supporting Seventh-day Adventist educational organization consisting of Hartland College, a health and wellness center and Hartland Farm, a large-scale agricultural operation. Established in 1983, the college focuses on providing practical training with a Christian emphasis and offers majors in midwifery, Christian education, and pastoral evangelism.

For more information about the upcoming free clinic, email admin@amensda.org.

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