Seager Memorial Clinic Expands Free Services in New Location | News, Sports, Jobs
OGDEN – More people will be able to get free medical and dental care at the Seager Memorial Clinic in the near future.
Support from the Michel Foundation and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints enabled the clinic to purchase property at 539 E. 24th St. that will allow the health center to expand significantly.
The clinic, currently located in the basement of the Ogden Rescue Mission, 2775 Wall Ave., serves the homeless community and those living in shelters or low-income housing.
“Right now we have a waiting room, reception, three exam rooms and a dental room and we work in 750 square feet,” said Jerika Mays, the clinic’s executive director. “The new building is almost 10 times larger and will allow us to have 10 to 12 examination rooms and three to four dental rooms.”
The clinic offers a wide range of medical services including primary and specialty care, eye exams, medications, lab work, diabetes management, cancer screenings and more, said Dr. Chelsea Slade, administrative director of the clinic and hospitalist at McKay-Dee Hospital.
“Everything we do is completely free, and over the last six months we’ve really seen an increase in the number of patients needing care,” Slade said. “The new building is so exciting as it will allow us to grow and expand the services we offer and we are even considering having our own pharmacy down the line.”
The new building, formerly the LDS Family History Library, opened its eye clinic. However, it will take about a year to renovate the rest of the clinic.
“We are looking for architects to create the layout, and last Saturday we organized an outdoor clean-up day to clean up an existing homeless camp, rubbish and yard waste on the property. We filled over 80 large black garbage bags,” Mays said. “We had 30 volunteers show up and it was heartwarming to see strangers coming together to beautify the landscape for a good cause.”
The new clinic will also be equipped with community education rooms, a mental health medication clinic, diagnostic testing, a podiatry clinic and hopefully extended hours, Mays said.
The clinic was founded by Dr. Floyd Seager and his wife, Dauna, in 1988.
“Dr. Seager was attending a medical meeting at Union Station and he saw a man collapse on the street,” Mays said. shelter. This experience is what inspired him and his wife to open a free clinic for the homeless and underserved community.
The clinic provides 100% free services and does not control income or residency, Slade said. Many patients are homeless, live in shelters or social housing, or have just come out of the prison system. About 179 volunteers work at the clinic and include doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, phlebotomists and medical assistants. Opening days and hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“I did my family residency at McKay-Dee Hospital and we had the opportunity to volunteer at the Seager Clinic,” Slade said. “I got involved and joined the board while I was still in residence. It’s one of the best causes in Ogden.
The clinic accepts donations from volunteers and the community at large to purchase medical supplies, medicines, glasses, medical equipment, vaccines and cleaning products. An official fundraising campaign will be launched later this year to raise funds for the renovations to the new building. To donate, go to seagerclinic.org, or you can send a check to Seager Memorial Clinic, PO Box 150143, Ogden, UT. 84415.