Because of recent changes, the Shared Care Free Clinic is now able to accept more uninsured patients.

Because of recent changes, the Shared Care Free Clinic is now able to accept more uninsured patients.


Funds raised through two years of the annual “Scopes for Hope” fundraiser have allowed the health clinic’s board of directors to hire Dr. Bridget McCandless – the clinic’s co-founder – part-time. McCandless, an Independence resident, had previously worked elsewhere and had volunteered at the clinic one day a week.


The clinic is now open three days a week, allowing McCandless and other medical professional to add 30 new visits weekly. A new hypertension clinic at Shared Care Free Clinic also will provide specialized care in high blood pressure and kidney disease.


Now starting its 11th year, the Shared Care Free Clinic changed its name last year. It was formerly known as the Jackson County Free Health Clinic. It became its own nonprofit agency in February and had previously operated under the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. The clinic may now apply for a broader range of grants with its own nonprofit designation.


Visit the organization’s website, www.jcfhc.org, for more information.