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Free Clinic Opens Its New Facility at Penn Hills Location in 2020

By Eileen Andrews

Sheep Inc. Health Care Center (SIHCC) is a free medical clinic for people without any insurance. The clinic has been in operation since November 2010. For 10 years SIHCC was a pop-up clinic setting up in Monroeville Assembly of God’s children’s education wing every week. In 2020, the clinic renovated a space at MAOG’s new campus at The Fold Church in Penn Hills. SIHCC opened their doors at the new facility in June.

Individuals and families face serious challenges resulting from being unemployed, underemployed or having to work several jobs and not being able to afford insurance. SIHCC provides primary care for the uninsured of a seven (7) county area which includes: Allegheny, Westmoreland, Butler, Washington, Indiana, Armstrong and Fayette Counties. There are many who cannot afford private healthcare due to the cost of premiums and high deductibles. The clinic has a corps of volunteers that include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, and support staff who are dedicated to this service program. SIHCC is open every Thursday evening from 5:45 - 8:30 pm, the 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings of the month from 9:30 am - Noon, and offer limited availability for weekday appointments. The clinic serves uninsured children, adults, the homeless and people of multi-ethnic and racial backgrounds.

During the pandemic, the clinic has seen a rise in new patients. Now with a permanent location, SIHCC is pursuing programs dealing with mental health and expanding our specialty services. Services offered to those without insurance include school physicals, well child checks, diagnosis and treatment of acute conditions such as otitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gastroenteritis, soft tissue infections, rashes, bites/stings, minor injuries, UTIs. The clinic also services clients with chronic medical conditions such as COPD, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, heart disease. SIHCC assists their patients by offsetting the cost of prescriptions and basic labs for help with accurate diagnosis and treatment.

SIHCC is located at 11817 Frankstown Rd, Penn Hills, PA 15235. The office can be reached at (412) 310-0062. Messages by email can be sent from their website at www.SheepIncClinic.org.



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