Our Mission and History
The mission of Mission Frankfort Clinic (MFC) is to provide basic medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to the uninsured of Franklin County. The Mission Frankfort Clinic was founded in 2002 by the First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky. The dental clinic started in September of 2002 with medical and pharmaceutical services beginning in 2004. As of 2020, we average approximately 800 to 1,000 appointments per year. The MFC has become a stopgap agency for the health care needs of Franklin County residents who are without health insurance. Join us as we help manage an unknown future, due to a broken healthcare system, as we continue to serve the impoverished of our community.
The dental clinic offers free dental services to uninsured patients with dental needs. Patients have received a variety of services such as fillings, extractions, root canals, cleanings, and dentures. The dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists volunteer their time and expertise. Patients are then placed on a waiting list and prioritized by level of need. Children with no dental insurance are also given priority.
What to Expect
When patients arrive at the clinic they are assessed by the dentist, x-rays are taken if needed, and the dentist develops a treatment plan. The treatment plan is then used by a variety of volunteer dentist to care for the needs of the patient. Some dentists prefer to serve patients at no cost in their offices by referral from the MFC.
The medical clinic is open most Wednesday evenings and one Saturday per month. All services are free of charge.
What to Expect
As patients arrive for their appointments, they are greeted by volunteers from First Baptist Church. Nurses then triage each patient by checking vital signs and updating medical history. The patient is then seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner. All doctors and nurses are volunteers. For most clinic openings we have two or three doctors and two or three nurses who are available to serve the needs of the uninsured.
All patients will have a temperature screening prior to entering the church. All patients and volunteers must wear a mask at all times.
The most common conditions treated in clinic patients are hypertension, diabetes, muscular or skeletal pain, and high cholesterol. These ailments may be very debilitating to persons unable to afford medical care due to no insurance or limited financial resources. The rising costs of medical care for the uninsured cause financial devastation in addition to the helplessness of no access to affordable healthcare.
MFC began operation of a free pharmacy in November 2004. It is our belief that providing adequate health care to those in need means that patients are able to obtain the medications prescribed by the doctor. The pharmacy is open each Wednesday evening for new prescriptions and refills for existing patients. Each pharmacist is licensed and provides educational information for patients as they receive new prescriptions.
Each week prescriptions are filled for patients. The majority of medications dispensed at the pharmacy are received through Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) provided by pharmaceutical companies. Each patient is assisted and guided through the process to receive medications from various pharmaceutical companies. Patients are also provided with sample medications, when available, to allow patients to begin treatment immediately until the prescribed medication arrives from the pharmaceutical company. Generic medications are also available to patients at the pharmacy.