Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 18, 2021 and Island Ad-Vantages, November 18, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, November 18, 2021
Peninsula Free Health Services to close its doors
Peninsula Free Health Services, which provides care to uninsured patients on the Blue Hill Peninsula and surrounding towns, will close its doors on December 31, 2021, according to a press release.
The clinic’s board voted unanimously to close the clinic due to changes in its patient base, difficulty recruiting volunteer providers and staff, and challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the release notes that more of the clinic’s client base has been able to access health care through the Affordable Care Act and the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
Located at 26 Hinckley Ridge Road in Blue Hill, the clinic will hold its last open clinics on Saturday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Monday, November 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. After that, the volunteer staff will begin closing operations, with an anticipated completion day of December 31.
Any Peninsula Free Clinic patients who wish to receive their records should leave a message on the clinic answering machine at 374-5585. Patients will be called back and arrangements will be made to get records to them. Record requests may also be mailed to Peninsula Free Health, P.O. Box 252, Blue Hill, ME 04614.
The press release notes: “Many thanks go to our clinic founder, the late Dr. Jane Garfield, and our community and corporate donors for their continued generous support during our eight years of operation. We are so grateful to our volunteer staff and our partnership with Northern Light Blue Hill Hospital. We are proud of our Clinic’s work and the quality and quantity of care provided to many of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.”