COURTESY OF CURE NETWORK

On September 13, 2014 CURE Network will be hosting its 4th clinic program offering free vision, dental and medical services to help those in need. All services are free and provided by licensed health care professionals who volunteer their time and expertise for CURE Network. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. 

CURE Network was created to meet the vital and ever growing need to bring free healthcare to the underserved and those without insurance in the greater Chicagoland area. “Since our inception in 2010, CURE Network has partnered to provide almost $2,500,000 of free care to nearly 3,000 patients,” states Dr. Ken Nelson, Co-Founder and Chairman of CURE Network. “This clinic will bring much needed services to patients who cannot afford eye exams, dental work, and general medical services.”

The clinic will be held at the Park District of LaGrange, 536 East Avenue, LaGrange, Illinois. Targeted areas include patients living in Bridgeview, Broadview, Brookfield, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Countryside, Darien, Downers Grove, Hickory Hills, Hinsdale, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, Justice, LaGrange, LaGrange, Lyons, McCook, North Riverside, Oakbrook, Riverside, Stickney, Summit, Westchester, Western Springs, Westmont, Willowbrook, and Willow Springs.

Here are some important things that prospective patients should know:

• Services are limited.

• Dental care will consist of basic fillings and extractions, with emphasis on alleviating pain and infection. Dental services will be provided off-site at local dental offices and mandatory free transportation will be provided to and from the clinic.

• Vision services include basic eye exams to check the overall health of the eyes and to see if prescription eyeglasses are needed. Advanced screening for glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration will be offered if necessary. Prescription for eyeglasses will be released and glasses will be made on-site as time and supplies permit.

• Medical services include a review of a patient’s medical history, medications and vital signs. The assessments will be done by nurses and other allied health staff. Physicians will be available as necessary.

• There are no appointments and no pre-registration.

• All patients without a medical or dental provider will be referred to one.

• Doors to the clinic will open at 6:30 a.m. and will close once the clinic has reached capacity for the day. Patients may get in line for services anytime prior to the doors opening.

• All ages may receive services but patients under 18 need to be accompanied by an adult. Exception: Flu shots courtesy of Walgreens are only available to persons age 14 and older.

To get involved or to donate visit www.curenetwork.org.