New Life Volunteering Society Free Health Clinic

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the New Life Volunteering Society?

The New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS) is a national and secular non-profit service organization developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999. In October 2003, students from Loyola University, Northwestern University, Rosalind Franklin University, Rush Medical College, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago helped develop the first-ever student-run free clinic in West Ridge, Chicago, where a significant portion of the population lives 200% below the poverty line. Currently, students from all medical schools are provided with an equal opportunity to engage in collaborative service of the uninsured community.

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What services does NLVS provide?

The clinic currently functions to accomplish three basic tasks:

  • To provide basic health care to uninsured and underserved patients.
  • Provision of health education to patients through discussions about proper, balanced diets and adequate exercise in managing chronic medical conditions.
  • Provision of an educational environment for the training of medical students in healthcare.

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Where is the NLVS free health clinic located?

Click here for map & directions.

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What are the hours/days of operation?

Clinics are held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and are staffed by volunteer attending physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, pharmacists, health educators, translators, and medical students. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

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What kind of services can a patient expect to find?

The clinic provides the following services: routine blood tests (complete blood count, basic and comprehensive metabolic panels, fasting lipid profile, hemoglobin A1C, thyroid function test, and liver function test), urinalysis, 12-lead EKG, and general physical exams.

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Who is eligible for free health care?

Patients seeking health care at our clinic qualify for free health care if they do not currently own a health insurance policy, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or circumstance. While a thorough background check is not performed on every patient that visits clinic, we run a service based on goodwill. Therefore, if you are capable of affording healthcare, please refrain from using our free services that can be placed in the betterment of an individual in greater need.

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How long do appointments last, including waiting time?

The length of time a visit takes is dependent on several factors, including the reason for visitation, number of volunteering physicians, number of volunteering medical students and staff members, number of clinic coordinators, and number of patients waiting to be seen. Our aim is to limit visitation times to within 60 minutes of arrival to clinic. That said, longer visitation times are experienced when we are limited by fewer volunteering physicians or a greater number of complex medical ailments being seen on a given day.

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Can patients call in advance for appointments?

We do not currently make appointments. Patients are seen on a first-come first-served basis. Because of the sheer necessity of healthcare in this community and the popularity of our services, we advise our patients to arrive by 8:00 a.m. to be seen.

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How can I get involved?