Free clinic in Blue Hill to close

BLUE HILL — Peninsula Free Health Services, which was founded as the Blue Hill Free Clinic by the late Dr. Jane Garfield to provide care to uninsured and underinsured patients on the Blue Hill Peninsula, will close Dec. 31.

“The clinic’s board voted unanimously to close the clinic due to changes in our patient base, difficulty recruiting volunteer providers and staff and challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jan Snow, who is president of the clinic’s board of directors. “On a positive note, we have found that more of our client base have been able to access health care through the Affordable Care Act and our state’s expanded Medicaid program.”

The clinic, located at 26 Hinckley Ridge Road, will hold its last three open clinic dates on Monday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon, and Monday, Nov. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m.

Patients who wish to have their records should leave a message on the clinic answering machine at 374-5585. Patients will be called back, and arrangements will be made to get records to you. Record requests may also be mailed to Peninsula Free Health, P.O. Box 252, Blue Hill, ME 04614.

“Many thanks go to our clinic founder, the late Dr. Jane Garfield, and our community and corporate donors for their continued generous support during our eight years of operation,” Snow said. “We are so grateful to our volunteer staff and our partnership with Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital. We are proud of our clinic’s work and the quality and quantity of care provided to many of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.”

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