Free clinic may shut down

By Jeff Lawson - bio | email

D'Iberville, MS (WLOX) - The D'Iberville Free Medical Clinic is in deep financial trouble. The clinic, which was established just weeks after Katrina hit, has served more than 10,000 people since it opened.

No one who receives medical care is required to pay a cent. Founder Bev Squibb said they rely completely on donations. But now the bills are piling up, and the money is running out.

"It is a desperate situation," Squibb told WLOX News. "We really need more donations."

According to Squibb, if the donations don't pick up, the clinic may have to shut down.

"I think the longest we can hold on is about three months, maybe less," she said.

Both Bev Squibb and her husband are retired nurses who came to the coast from Missouri after Katrina hit. Squibb said she is convinced that South Mississippi is exactly where they are supposed to be.

"We have a firm belief that this is needed and this is what the Lord wants."

Squibb said they will remain optimistic that the donations will pick up and they will continue to care for those who cannot afford to pay a doctor for medical care.

Bev Squibb will appear on WLOX's 4 O'Clock Show, Monday, February 23 to talk about the clinic.