RI Free Clinic gets $100K grant

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Free Clinic is set to receive nearly $100,000 in federal grant money. CEO Marie Ghazal says the funds will allow the clinic to take on 300 new patients.

The funds will go to "infrastructure support for us to provide the medical assistant care, nursing care, pharmacy, all of the other infrastructure clinic needs that we need to see the patients," Ghazal says.

She adds that the clinic has not been able to meet demand for free medical care, and has to see patients on a lottery basis.

She says the new funding won't enable the clinic to do away with the lottery system, but it will go a long way toward adding new staff and expanding the clinic's operations.