Needy find care at Newport church clinic

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) -- Tucked inside St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport is a modest clinic where the poor and chronically ill find health care and comfort from nurses who ask nothing in return.

The free clinic is a haven for its patients, who have little other choice for medical care. They are mainly from Newport and Bellevue. They cannot afford health care, have limited transportation other than their feet, and until now have found few who will take time to simply hold their hand or listen to their problems.

Founder and registered nurse Tracy Hagood has organized a team of 25 registered nurses who rotate at the clinic to help the folks who have found their way to St. Paul's.

Since the clinic opened March 20, about 70 patients have visited.

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