A VISION BECOMES A REALITY
The dream and vision of one man became a reality on January 15, 2010 when FMC of Oak Ridge opened its doors to the many uninsured people of Anderson, Morgan, and Roane counties. John Auxier served on the board of Clinics of Hope USA with Dr. Tom Kim, who had a clinic in Knoxville. After Dr. Kim presented a program at First United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge about his clinic, the members felt a similar clinic should be in Oak Ridge. A board was formed with John Auxier as president. Members of Kern Memorial United Methodist Church led the remodeling of the Trinity Education building owned by First Methodist.
Furniture and equipment were donated. A significant contribution was made by Methodist Medical Center in the form of a commitment to provide medical supplies, laboratory and diagnostic services, and access to other hospital services on a provisional basis.
In April of 2011 after being guided by veterans in Dr. Kim’s clinic, FMCOR separated from Clinics of Hope and formed its own 501(c)(3). By that time the clinic had a paid director. Today, we are seeing over 4,000 patients a year with the continued hope of reaching more people who need medical care.