The Knox County Health Clinic announced the hiring of two part-time staff, Meredith Batley as the new executive director, and Sarah Laube as the clinic nurse. The volunteer-based clinic has been providing health services to uninsured Knox County residents for 11 years. It comprises several programs including a free medical clinic on Wednesday evenings with volunteer providers, nurses and receptionists, as well as dental, mental health and wellness, and prescription assistance programs.

The need for services has grown steadily as more people find themselves unable to afford health insurance. The clinic continues to rely on volunteer providers; however, Batley and Laube provide the necessary volunteer coordination, support and continuity of care to patients.

Batley brings her experience in volunteer recruitment and training, office administration, and public relations to provide the operational glue. Laube draws on her extensive nursing background as well as international rural health care experience to provide patients with more personal medical follow-up and education, as well as tracking key measures of patient care.

Laube and Batley said they appreciate the role the Knox County Health Clinic plays in the community.

“The clinic fills such a critical need in our area,” Batley said. “I am so glad I can be a part of it. I grew up here, and I can’t think of a better way to give back to my community. Sure the to-do list is endless and there are always more people in need than we can possibly serve, but at the end of the day you know you helped someone out, and that’s the best feeling to go home with.”

All services are by appointment, and those inquiring about services may call the clinic at 594-6996. The Knox County Health Clinic is sustained by the generosity of the community. There are a number of ways to get involved. Anyone interested in giving time or a tax-deductible donation can contact the clinic at 594-6996 or info@knoxclinic.org. For more information on the Knox County Health Clinic, visit knoxclinic.org.