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Clinic carries on without founder

Living Healthy Free Clinic volunteer Amy Madjlesi files charts during her time of service at the clinic. The clinic's board and volunteers want the public to know the clinic will continue the legacy created by the late Dr. Tom Sweat, the clinic's founder who passed away recently. The clinic will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, the usual monthly fourth Saturday day of operation.

Staff photo by Mark Boehler

For the Daily Corinthian

The volunteer staff, physicians and nurses at Corinth's Living Healthy Free Medical Clinic want area patients to know the clinic is open for business despite the recent passing of its founder, Dr. Tommy Sweat.

The next clinic date is Saturday, April 27 from 1 "" 5 p.m. The clinic is also happy to announce the addition of Dr. Joseph L. Pratt, MD and Debbie McFalls, APRN, FNP-BC to its medical staff. The clinic will see new and existing patients.

The clinic was the community dream of Dr. Sweat, who in 2014 pulled together a group of community volunteers to provide chronic medical care for area patients who do not have insurance or the ability to pay. For five years, Dr. Sweat was the heartbeat of the staff, and the much-loved 93-year-old community physician could be seen by patients twice monthly at Living Healthy clinic until just before his passing on April 11.

"It's been a tough April, because Dr. Sweat was our friend, and he was such a kind, caring and capable leader for our community clinic. It was his dream to provide quality care to patients regardless of their ability to pay, and for hundreds of our patients, his dream is their health care. We're proud to announce that our clinic carries on with the addition of Dr. Pratt and Debbie McFalls to our staff," said Ronnie Sleeper, president of the volunteer board for the clinic. "Their passion is like that of Dr. Sweat's "" community medicine."

Clinic dates are the second Wednesday and fourth Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m. The clinic treats chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and other chronic diseases. And often, in partnership with Magnolia Regional Health Center, financial aid is available for more advanced cases where testing might be required.