Mission and Background
The Broad Street Clinic was founded in 1993 by county physicians and other concerned citizens as a private non-profit, free health clinic serving the adult residents of Carteret County and surrounding areas. Its mission is to provide access to medical care for the uninsured low income population in our community. The Clinic was originally based in Beaufort, hence the name. We are now located on North 35th Street in Morehead City, near Carteret General Hospital.
The Clinic is open Monday through Thursday. We close on Fridays in an effort to keep our electric bill as low as possible. Monday and Tuesday mornings are patient days when volunteer Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Nurses work up and see patients. It is not unusual for seventy patients to be seen on a first come, first served basis between 1:30 and frequently as late as 8 pm each Tuesday.
Thursday is Pharmacy day when our wonderful volunteer Pharmacy manager, Dick Gray, frequently arrives before 6 am to prepare 500 prescriptions for on average 150 patients. Pharmacy hours are from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and then 1:30 to 4 pm. We carry no Class II narcotics; the strongest medication we carry is 800 mg of Ibuprofen.
A Gynecology Clinic is held once a month and about 15 of our existing patients are seen. Psychological services are now available bi-weekly and the counselor sees 10-12 patients each month.
A Dental bus run by the North Carolina Baptist Men’s Association and staffed by local volunteer dentists and hygienists comes to the Clinic on a quarterly basis and sees about 30 patients each visit.
We employ three part-time patient advocates who meet with the patients, collect their financial data, file it with the pharmaceutical companies, order and re-order their needed medications and take care of their non-medical needs to make certain the patients are compliant with the requirements of the DAP program. We employ one part-time bookkeeper who also keeps the office stocked and well oiled. We have an executive director, Edie Reed, who does just about everything else and then some at the clinic.
- The clinic and its patient population doubled in number from 400 over four years ago to over 900 patients today.
- In 2013, the clinic had 3,100 patient visits, dispensed 22,000 prescriptions and provided hospital services worth $300,000.
- At present, the clinic sees an average of ten new patients each week.