Our entity first opened and operated as St. Michael’s Community Services, Inc. July 30, 1987. We began our work with the community Feb 14, 1988 under the leadership of Dr. Neal Canup. The focus of the work was to offer limited medical services to those without access, connect patients to needed resources, provide social services such as patient education, and to provide an organization to which concerned citizens could confidently invest in meeting the needs of those living with health disparities. This continues to be the focus of the organization. Although the work over the years has taken on many forms from volunteer physicians, to supervised medical students providing care, to the utilization of contracts with the Alabama Department of Public Health, to the employment of clinicians treating patients, the passion to serve the community continues. Thousands of patients have been served in West Anniston and the surrounding communities of Calhoun County.
In recent years the focus of care has shifted to specifically meet the needs of the low-income, uninsured residents of Calhoun County. For over a decade, we have employed a clinician (Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant) to provide direct primary care to this population. In 2018, the Clinic began efforts to transition under a new 501c3, public charity as St. Michael’s Medical Clinic. As of January 1, 2020, we are operating solely as St. Michael’s Medical Clinic. No other changes have been made to our board, staff, location, mission, or purpose.
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