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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Some new inductees are bringing free medical care to hundreds of people in great need.

    Cordila Williams hasn't seen a doctor in months. She suffers from shoulder pain and her hands occasionally get numb. Williams is one of the thousands of Arkansans without health insurance and works three jobs just to get by. However, her doctor's visit is free, thanks to Baptist Health.

    "We have several patients who are pretty regular, and we know who they are. We know their story," said Dr. Blake Scheer, who has been volunteering with the Stew Pot Wellness Clinic for 10 years.

    You've probably driven by it before not realizing the good coming from First Presbyterian Church in downtown Little Rock. For 17 years, Baptist has partnered with the church to help others. They mostly treat acid reflux, colds, respiratory problems and high blood pressure. There's also a pharmacist there providing medications.

    Teresa Conner is the Community Outreach Manager for Baptist and said they see 800 patients a year, and all of the costs are factored into the hospital's yearly budget.

    "These people, they would generally go to the ER, but we are here to prevent some of that by offering these preventative services," she said.

    Before they see the doctor, patients can eat a hot meal provided by the church. For many, this lunch is the only food they'll have all day. It's help that folks like Cordila Williams is thankful for.

    "I think it's great. It's a lot of help for people like me who don't have insurance; the job doesn't have insurance or anything," Williams added.

    During the hot summer months, the clinic hands out bottled water. There's also a clothing closet for people to get free clothes.

    Stew Pot is open Every Friday from noon to 2 p.m.

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