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Frisco Cares Children’s Clinic provides care for children without insurance
By Penny Rathbun, Staff writer/Frisco Enterprise
Friday, October 12, 2007
Four-month old Jessie Kennedy was not happy once she realized she was being stuck with needles, but she quickly recovered.
Her mom Kelly Kennedy of Little Elm had brought Jessie earlier this week to the Frisco Cares Children’s Clinic to receive free immunizations.
Every second Wednesday of every month the clinic provides free immunizations to children who do not have medical insurance.
In a separate effort the clinic provides free medical care to children without medical insurance who live in the Prosper, Celina or Frisco areas or who live in Plano or McKinney? and attend a Frisco school.
The clinic was started two years ago as a Frisco Leadership project. At first it was run in a van outside of the Acker Special Programs Center. The bus had so many mechanical problems the clinic had to be moved. Now the clinic is run from the Primera Iglesia Bautista church at 8581 5th Street in Frisco. The pastor’s wife, Ivette Ruiz, is the one who suggested the clinic use church space.
Patients and their parents start lining up in mid afternoon on Wednesdays to be seen by one of two doctors beginning at 6 p.m. In rooms that are otherwise offices or Sunday school rooms the two doctors have set up makeshift offices and treatment space. Doctors Paul Reyes and Beatrix Bansal are both M.D.s and pediatricians.
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