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Diocesan Catholic Charities opens second free clinic in Woodbridge

More than two years after opening the Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic in Manassas, diocesan Catholic Charities opened a free clinic in Woodbridge April 20. The new clinic replaces the Prince William Area Clinic, which after 27 years, closed recently due to financial challenges and asked Catholic Charities to fill the void. Due to the pandemic, services at the Woodbridge clinic currently are only available via telemedicine. 

“The new clinic is a powerful, visible witness to the Gospel of Life. Health care professionals volunteer their time as a labor of love and deliver life-giving, compassionate care to vulnerable men and women in our communities,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. “I am so pleased that the clinic is able to expand its reach, especially as the nation is experiencing the current public health emergency and access to standard health care services is limited. This is particularly important for those already experiencing hardship.”

As with the Manassas clinic, the Woodbridge branch will rely primarily on volunteer medical professionals to staff the clinic, along with one full-time nurse and one part-time front office staff member. Alexandra Luevano, program manager of the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Manassas, will also direct the Woodbridge office.

The Woodbridge clinic will offer appointments for annual physicals, disease management, sick visits, prenatal care, health classes, and referrals to medical services or other Catholic Charities services. The clinic will expand to offer gynecological care, emergency appointments, advance illness care, dental and vision care once social distancing guidelines are eased.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020