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Oldham County medical clinic for the uninsured forced to close

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Cynthia Stafford Cynthia Stafford
Sherry Zambowski Sherry Zambowski

By Katie Bauer email | bio

LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) – The Community Care Clinic in Oldham County opened in 2005, but was forced to close this week.

The clinic serves those who are uninsured and was run by HDB. HDB is a local non-profit organization, but the funding ran out and the group had no choice but to close.

"Probably in five years we've served close to 800 people," said Cynthia Stafford, director of HDB Service Group.

The Community Care Clinic in La Grange depended on volunteer doctors and saw people by appointment only, but HDB picked up the tab for operational costs, and the non profit group couldn't find sustainable funding.

"With the downturn in the economy, it just made our patient numbers grow and it makes it very difficult not to be able to do that anymore," said Stafford.

On Monday, the clinic saw its last patient and the doors officially closed Tuesday. "It's pretty awful that we had to do this, but we did," said Stafford.

For people like Sherry Zambowski, the clinic was a place she could count on when her life took an unexpected turn.

"I had a pulmonary embolism- saddle type- which means that it covers both sides of your lungs," said Zambowski.

She once worked as a correctional officer. "I had benefits, I had 401K, so yeah I had a very good job," said Zambowski.

After she was diagnosed, she couldn't do the type of work she was use to. "I need care every month," said Zambowski.

Now she goes to a clinic in Shelbyville. "But there's people that can't get there, because of this clinic closing a lot of people are not going to get that care," said Zambowski.

To learn more about clinics in Jefferson County that help the uninsured, click here.

To help or learn more about HDB, click here.

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