Iowans Can Get Free Care at Newly Renovated Clinic

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans can now get free care at a newly renovated health center.

The Doctor Nick Palmer-Jim Ellefson Clinic opened Wednesday in Des Moines for the first time in several months. Volunteers have been busy tiling its floors and giving it a fresh coat of paint.

It was all funded by the Iowa Clinic Healthcare Foundation, and it will be seen by nearly 1,000 patients this year.

“The people that I’ve gotten to know, the patients. It's really nice to see people the relief that they feel when they come in and they've lost their job, need their meds, and just kind of in a panic and they just kind of relax,” said Dr. Phillip Kohler, the volunteer medical director at the clinic.

The free clinic is one of about 30 in Iowa. It treats everyday illnesses and chronic conditions.