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Florida Hospital Opens Free Lung Clinic In Kissimmee

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The Florida Channel
Nurse Sonia Renaud prepares the office to receive patients Thursday at Florida Hospital’s Kissimmee Lung Clinic. It's the hospital's third clinic. ";

Florida Hospital has opened its third free clinic for patients with lung problems.

The Kissimmee clinic is now an option for uninsured patients with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD) disease and bronchitis. The other clinics are in East Orlando and Apopka.

The clinic provides free medications for patients leaving the hospital.

“We work with several pharmaceutical companies or partner with them to get the medications people need for a full year at no cost,” said Ed Fluker, administrative director of respiratory care at Florida Hospital Orlando. “Which really is a blessing because many of these patients need medications that cost between $600 and $800 per month.”

Officials said $4 million in free care has been provided at the clinics so far.

“We were able to show a reduction of 52 percent in their emergency room visits and 58 percent in their hospital admissions,” Fluker said. “So that’s really saying a lot about how we’re improving the health and quality of life for the patient, but there is a benefit to the hospital as well as the community.”

Reporter Abe Aboraya is a reporter with WMFE in Orlando. WMFE is a partner with Health News Florida, which receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.