Patient Donald McCormick (left) goes through intake with EMT Andrew Rhee at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in downtown Jacksonville.  The clinic is part of the WeCareJax network, which provides free healthcare for uninsured patients.

Jacksonville health care nonprofit WeCareJax celebrates its volunteers

For almost 30 years WeCareJax has provided free primary and specialty care for uninsured Duval County adults.

And for 12 years the nonprofit has annually honored a few of the “incredible … volunteers who help make sure our uninsured neighbors in need can access health care when they need it most, at no cost to the patient or their family,” Executive Director Angela Strain said. The 2022 Caring Awards celebration will be Thursday.

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What is WeCareJax?

Founded in 1993, WeCareJax is a network of volunteer doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, hospitals, community clinics and other partners. Since its inception, the network has grown to 500 or so volunteers and serves about 1,700 patients annually.

About $20 million in donated health care has been provided to uninsured adults living at 200% or below the federal poverty level, according to the agency. Those patients would otherwise not receive care or crowd emergency rooms.

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