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"Mega Clinic" provides free health care and dental for hundreds

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This is the first time Nashville Riverside 7th Day Adventist Church has put on this event and they say, it’s been a long time coming.

“It’s been a year in the making...this is the first time we’ve sort of turned the church into a hospital,”  Assistant Pastor Travis Claybrooks said.

And to do it, Nashville Riverside brought in doctors and dentists, and many other care providers including hair stylist and councilors.

Kateri Pomeroy was sure grateful for the free help.  She has a cracked tooth and her filling keeps falling out.

“It is expensive and I can’t really afford the dental work that I need,” Pomeroy said

“So many people are uninsured or under-insured.  They’ve got a nagging ache...and here’s an opportunity anyone in our city, whoever they might be...to be able to come see a physician and be treated,” Pastor Claybrooks said.

It was also an opportunity for student nurses to get some real hands on training.

TSU nursing student Emmanuella Asamoah said, “This is this is a time for us to actually practice before we get in the actual field."

Pastor Claybrooks agrees.  He said, “I think there’s also that part of the education process that says this more than just a job, that you are actually ministering and helping people in a way only you can do it.”

The clinic ended at 3:30 Saturday afternoon, but Nashville Riverside 7th Day Adventist Church hopes to hold more clinics in the future and perhaps even house a permanent clinic at their church.

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