Non-profit health clinic opens new location in Sapulpa
TULSA, Okla. – A nonprofit clinic that provides access to health care to medically underserved communities has moved to a new, larger location in Sapulpa.
Cura for the World is an international non-profit organization with clinics around the world. Three years ago they created their first Cura for the World Clinic here in Oklahoma.
“All of our providers and volunteers feel that every person deserves access to health care,” said pharmacist Travis Wolff.
Rooted in this mission, Cura for the World opened a clinic in Sapulpa three years ago.
“As far as Sapulpa, they understood that Creek County and Okmulgee County had very similar demographics for underinsured people and so that’s one of the reasons they primarily chosen in this area,” said Wolff.
Kayla Hansen is a family nurse practitioner. She said many of her patients have jobs, but often cannot afford to cover their medical bills.
“We’re kind of their middle ground where they can come if they’re uninsured, and we can provide them with free health care and we can provide free medicine now that we have our in-house pharmacy,” Hansen said.
Wolff said the clinic has about 10 on-call providers, most of whom are volunteers. They also receive support from others who help them raise funds, including Austin Edgar who started the Cura racing team.
“Knowing that at times in my life I couldn’t afford insurance, and you know, an emergency trip would cost thousands of dollars and spend years paying for it, then knowing that a place like this -it can help people who need it, it’s just amazing.
Edgar said he started the Cura Cycling Team not only to raise money, but also to spread awareness about Cura’s mission.
These volunteers give their time and talents to ensure the community has access to health care.
Others show their generosity in different ways.
“We are very grateful to the Bartlett Foundation, they gave quite a bit of their time so that we could afford, and renovations to get our clinic started here,” Wolff said.
Thanks to the financial support they received, they were able to move into a new location at 1500 E. Dewey Avenue, which provides ample space to have an on-site pharmacy.
“The new location is nearly five times larger than the other,” Wolff said.
“Now they can walk straight from their exam room to the pharmacy and pick up their meds while they’re here and not have to make another stop, which is really important, especially if they’re living out of time. “, Pharmacist, Sunni says Wolff.
Sunni said they are excited about the opportunities this new location will provide to continue serving the community.
“Our long-term goal was to have a big space, so now it’s just dreaming about all the possibilities we can have here,” Wolff said.
The clinic is open every Tuesday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
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