Mulligans at Patricia Island Country Club played host to a fundraiser for the Christian Medical Clinic in Grove, called “An Exciting Evening with Leslie.”
Mulligans closed for the evening specifically for the sold out event, which included a taco dinner and live music performed by Leslie Blasing of the Rio Grande Valley.
The expectation is that the night would clear about $1500 for the clinic.
Blasing was named “Rio Grande Valley Star Entertainer of the Year.”
Many of the evening’s attendees had seen her perform previously when they wintered at South Padre Island, Texas.
The Christian Medical Clinic was begun by Grove Dr. Rollin Bland to address the need of those without medical care in Grove.
It was his "mission to the city of Grove" after he took some mission trips overseas to bring medical care to those locations, he realized there were unmet needs right here.
The Clinic began in 2001 and is open on Thursdays at the Grove 1st Baptist Church, 501 E 13th St. from 3:00 pm until the last patient is served.
The clinic now serves Delaware, Craig, Ottawa counties, plus part of Mayes County.
Each patient is prayed for and is interviewed by a social services person to determine need and eligibility for needing help, based on income and living arrangements.
Today, the director/coordinator Pat Sorrels offers her time, about 20 -25 hours a week as a volunteer, in fact, all the staff volunteer and no one receives any enumeration for their service.
Volunteers include professionals such as chiropractors, nurses, nurse practitioners and dentists.
Dr. Larry Stout serves as president on the board of directors.
Besides Mulligans partnering by offering their facility and First Baptist Church providing a permanent location, Grove Integris Hospital is a key partner for the clinic.
Integris Foundation covers the cost of the diagnostics when diagnostics are needed.
"We couldn't do what we do without organizations like Integris, First Baptist Church and Mulligans," said past director/coordinator Nancy Flowers. "They have been crucial to the services we deliver."
The clinic averages 15 - 35 patients a week who receive an exam, if needed, prescribed and given medications as needed, with meds being the clinic's biggest expense.
They purchase generic drugs in bulk and also get help from the Jay Community Action Agency.
Mostly, the clinic deals with hypertension, diabetes, musculoskeletal issues, back and knee pain.
Their services are focused on the under-served in the listed counties who are homeless, maybe living in their cars or sheltering with a friend.
At times, a patient arrives who has a critical issue that need immediate care, then a call is made to 911 to get them the needed urgent care.
The Christian Medical Clinic has served Grove and the surrounding counties for almost 19 years, offering their services at no cost to those in need.
If you would like to know more call 918-787-5191.
To make a donation, send to Christian Medical Clinic of Grand Lake Inc., c/o Clara Mills CPA, P.O. Box 451368, Grove, OK 74345.
To volunteer, call Nancy Flowers at 918-791-4114.