Amherst Survival Center Free Clinic
Welcomes New Physician
The Amherst Survival Center Free Clinic will now hold hours weekly on Mondays from 12-1, in addition to Thursday evenings from 5-6, thanks to the addition of Doctor Robert Abrams of South Hadley to the Center’s volunteer corps of providers.
“Part of being a doctor is trying to help other people,” said Doctor Abrams when he joined the Clinic team, “and this is an opportunity to use my experience to try to do that.”
Dr. Abrams will join Doctor Daniel Clapp and Trisha Smallman, a psychiatric nurse, in providing health services for the region’s most vulnerable residents. Since its founding in 2008, the clinic has served over 400 people, many of them homeless.
The Free Clinic is part of the Survival Center’s Comprehensive Health Initiative, whose goal is to help underserved Pioneer Valley residents access the full scope of health services available. The Initiative brings in partners from other local organizations such as Tapestry Health and Healthcare for the Homeless, who assist with enrollment in state health insurance plans, and the Salvation Army, which provides support for eyeglasses and some other medical needs. In 2009 the Clinic was awarded a competitive grant from the Office of the Attorney General, which has underwritten the cost of prescription medications for hundreds of patients.
The Clinic is always looking for physicians interested in volunteering, and is currently fund-raising for continuing prescription assistance as the 2009 grant comes to an end. For more information, please contact Cheryl Zoll, Executive Director, at 413-549-3968 x207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.