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Community Health Care Clinic

William Footman of Normal has his blood pressure checked by Karley Licking, a student intern working on a bachelor's degree in public health, at the Community Health Care Clinic in Normal on April 18, 2018. The clinic, which serves low-income patients with chronic diseases, has exceeded its fundraising goal aligned with the clinic's 25th anniversary.

NORMAL — The Community Health Care Clinic has exceeded its fundraising goal in connection with the clinic's 25th anniversary.

The clinic for low-income McLean County residents who are uninsured or under-insured surpassed its goal to raise $25,000 from the community in 25 days by receiving $26,205, Executive Director Mike Romagnoli said.

"I'm truly humbled by the community's support for the clinic and continuing to ensure that we can carry out the mission of our founders," Romagnoli said.

The clinic, 900 Franklin Ave., Normal, provides primary care and prescription medicines to 1,162 low-income residents with chronic diseases. Some patients have jobs that don't offer health insurance, some people can't afford the health insurance offered to them or need help paying medical or pharmaceutical bills until they reach their deductible.

Operating expenses for the clinic in 2018 totaled $647,969, with revenue coming from individual donations, fundraisers, grants, local governments, businesses, community organizations and patient donations.

The clinic receives no state or federal money for operations and no longer receives money from United Way of McLean County.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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