2013 Taste of the Town Date Announced

The Free Medical Clinic’s 17th annual fundraiser, the Taste of the Town Benefit & Auction, will take place on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club.

For information or to receive an invitation contact Amy at the Free Medical Clinic:
amyd (at) fmcwinchester.org or call 540-536-1682

Health Reform and the Uninsured

Right now, the Free Medical Clinic of the NSV finds itself in a unique position as health care delivery across the country is at a crossroads. While there may be uncertainty surrounding the impact that health care reform will have on the Free Medical Clinic and our patients, we know that change will not happen overnight. Access to health care will still be a challenge for our most vulnerable patients, and safety-net health care providers, such as the Free Medical Clinic, will still be needed.

The Free Medical Clinic Board of Directors and leadership, with insights from key community stakeholders, are conducting a strategic planning process to evaluate the changing health care needs of our patients, and identify how best to serve these disadvantaged individuals into the future. The Virginia Association of Free Clinics (VAFC) is supporting member clinics by responding to health care reform through their Road to Reform Project. Through this project, VAFC is providing a framework for free clinics to develop a new strategic plan addressing health care reform. On October 5th, the Free Medical Clinic of NSV hosted one of the VAFC’s regional free clinic meetings to launch the strategic planning process. Following the workshop, our Free Medical Clinic board met to identify the next steps in our own planning process.

We have a lot to think about in the months ahead to ensure our patients continue to have access to vital medical care. Thanks to your support, one constant remains – the Free Medical Clinic’s commitment to continue to serve those most in need in our community.


Stay Informed

We encourage you to visit the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Reform Source to learn more about the new Health Care Reform law and about how Health Coverage will impact the Uninsured.

Taste of the Town 2012

The Free Medical Clinic is dedicated to ensuring these most vulnerable individuals in our community have access to health care, and our annual Taste of the Town Benefit & Auction, the Clinic’s largest and most prominent fundraiser of the year, is critical to funding these life-saving programs. Thanks to the support of our community, the Free Medical Clinic raised record net proceeds of $130,193 through the 2012 benefit.  These funds will enable the Clinic to provide quality medical care, access vital medications, and coordinate life-saving medical treatments for our patients. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this important event.


Congratulations to our award winners!

Critic’s Choice Award – The Battletown Inn

People’s Choice Award – Violino Ristorante Italiano


Please enjoy this video, created by volunteer Paul Peters. It captures the essence of our event and sends thanks to all who volunteered and were guests of the Taste of the Town 2012!

Beyond 25 Years

In 2011, Free Medical Clinic celebrated 25 years of serving the City of Winchester and surrounding counties with access to health care for the underserved, uninsured and low income families in our community.

At the first weekly Thursday evening clinic on October 23, 1986, volunteer physicians, nurses and pharmacists, supported by community volunteers, treated 14 patients and filled three prescriptions in a makeshift clinic set up in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church. Today the Clinic continues to make an impact on the health of our community.

Now located on the Our Health Community Services Campus in Downtown Winchester, the Clinic is open five days a week. The Free Medical Clinic responds to the current community needs by providing access to a variety of primary and specialty medical services both on-site and through partnerships in the medical community, and prescription medications are filled through an in-house pharmacy.