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The Neighborhood Clinic provides on-site medical care to clients of the Las Vegas Rescue Mission

LAS VEGAS – November 14, 2022 – The neighborhood clinic, a new 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in southern Nevada, partners with the Las Vegas Rescue Mission (LVRM) to provide compassionate on-site medical care and services to LVRM clients.

The Neighborhood Clinic, located near downtown on the LVRM campus in a completely renovated building, features three exam rooms, a CLIA-accredited laboratory, and on-site medical staff, including a nurse practitioner.

Previously, LVRM clients had to travel offsite for medical and testing services, which posed transportation challenges, delayed receipt of medical services and, for some, threatened recovery efforts.

“We all know that there is a shortage of medical providers in Southern Nevada and those with the means and access often wait a long time to see a doctor,” said Dan Briggs, founder of The Neighborhood Clinic. “Those without insurance, housing or transportation have little access – sometimes no access – to basic health care. This community needs to do better, and the neighborhood clinic is a first step in meeting this need.

For over 50 years, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission has served needy men, women and children with food, shelter, daily necessities and recovery from addiction. LVRM began in a small storefront on West Bonanza Road in 1970, it now encompasses two city blocks and provides approximately 30,000 meals each month to those in need, emergency shelter for men, women, children and intact families provides basic needs kits and offers a residential recovery program for men and women struggling with addiction.

“For the majority of our customers who arrive at our doorstep, the closest medical service, in some cases for years, is a visit to the emergency room,” said Nicki Antill, Chief Operating Officer, LVRM. “Being able to provide them with medical services, basic health care, on campus, could change their lives! This will allow us to meet both their immediate and ongoing needs without having to send them off campus, on the bus, to see a medical professional, which can often pose a threat to their recovery, especially when they start just the program.

A second and a third neighborhood clinic are already under construction, another in downtown Las Vegas and one in Henderson. Although invisible to a large majority of Las Vegas Valley residents, the homeless population has continued to rise since the onset of COVID-19. Other pandemics, including tuberculosis and HIV infection, often affect this group.

“Even though we create many more neighborhood clinics in the Valley, we’re likely only scratching the surface of what this community needs,” Briggs said. “True population health care not only helps those who are underserved – or not served at all – but prevents the spread and growth of disease and virus in the rest of the community. There is a community-wide benefit to what we provide.

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