Who We Are
Helping Hands. Health. Hope.
The mission of Western Tidewater Free Clinic is to provide high-quality, non-emergency health care to the residents of Western Tidewater who cannot otherwise afford it. We serve residents of Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight County, and Southampton County, age 19-64, with no medical insurance, who live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Inc. (WTFC) was founded in June of 2007 to meet the region’s growing need to provide quality medical services to those most in need. A true 'grass roots' effort, the Western Tidewater Free Clinic Steering Committee was established in 2004 when members of the Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community and other concerned citizens joined together in an effort to improve the lives of the uninsured and create a stronger, more caring, and healthier community. Their vision: a healthy community where all people will be inspired and enabled to make healthy lifestyle choices, to use preventive health care, and to access resources to live in a safe and wholesome environment.
After several years of planning, the Clinic opened on June 21, 2007 in a small rental house on Godwin Boulevard. It was, and still is, the only free clinic within its 1,400 square mile service area which includes Suffolk, Franklin, Isle of Wight County, and Southampton County. Since then, the Clinic has grown rapidly to meet the need for free health services in the region and has been identified by the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics as one of the fastest growing free clinics in the region.
In 2009, WTFC relocated to its current location at 2019 Meade Parkway. Our clinical staff and volunteers proudly continue to serve our patients with primary medical care, women’s health services, dental services, mental health care, case management, laboratory and diagnostic testing, prescription medications, and access to hospitals and specialists through clinical partnerships. Patient education is also an integral part of the services offered at WTFC. Health care providers partner with patients in managing their illnesses through on-going patient education and group counseling sessions on disease management.
The core values of Western Tidewater Free Clinic are excellence, unity of purpose, respect, diversity, integrity, and stewardship of all resources. Thank you to our community partners, volunteers, and donors who have supported our values and helped make our vision a reality in providing a health home to our patients.