Chippewa Valley Free Clinic opens doors to low-income patients

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A free clinic opened for business at its new home in Eau Claire on Tuesday.

The Chippewa Valley Free Clinic, which is located on 1030 Oak Ridge Drive behind Marshfield Clinic, is now accepting patients.

The facility that used to be an orthodontics office now boasts six exam rooms and three dental chairs. Executive director Maribeth Woodford said it’s good to finally have a home!

“Now we have a permanent home. We have more exam areas, we have a dental area to perform more dental services and we're not going to move again in a couple years,” said Woodford.

The clinic opened its doors to low-income patients after purchasing the property for around $700,000 this fall then spending around $350,000 in renovations.

The clinic says it is all set up to receive its around 600 patients a year and adds it's always welcoming new walk-ins to check their eligibility.

Woodford said, “I'd say we're about 80-percent done getting ready here. We're certainly ready for patients this evening but there's a few odds and end that we still have to do here of course. Moving into a new site we always find things after we move in.”

Along with vision and mental health services the clinic says it’s ready to begin providing quality health care for low-income patients in the Chippewa Valley.

“Our services have always been there,” said Woodford. “We give quality health care for our patients always looking for what the gaps are in the community and healthcare and trying to provide that.”

The clinic says while it may be open that doesn’t mean the work is complete. On Friday it kicked off its capital campaign and Woodford said the clinic is about halfway there to raising the $1.1 million goal.

The clinic also says it’s thankful for organizations like Wipfli and Eau Claire Business Interiors who donated all the office work stations and physician tables.

Tuesday Medical Clinic (Walk-In Clinic)
Every Tuesday: 4-8 p.m.
Walk-In Registration: 4-6 p.m.
All Clinic patients are welcome, including walk-in and ongoing/continuing patients.
Mental Health Clinic
2nd & 4th Thursday: 5-8 p.m.
By appointment only.
Vision Clinic
4th Thursday: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
By appointment only.
Thursday Medical Clinic (Walk-In Clinic)
1st & 3rd Thursday: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Walk-In Registration: 9-10 a.m.
All Clinic patients are welcome, including walk-in and ongoing/continuing patients.
Patients with diabetes: By appointment only
Dental Care
The Dental Clinic is by appointment only.
Tuesdays: 5-8 p.m.