MINOT, N.D. — A Minot clinic that has treated thousands of people for free is closing its doors after 18 years.

City & Country Health Clinic will be treating its last patients Monday, the Minot Daily News reported.

Clinic Manager Candy Johnson said the facility isn’t closing because of lack of money. She said the clinic board “felt that we have served our mission.”

“There’s nobody who will go without care,” Johnson said. “They have other options.”

Volunteers for the clinic expressed their sadness in seeing the clinic’s service come to an end. They estimate that on average eight to 10 patients visited the clinic each week. The clinic has recently been open only Monday evenings, but over the years it was sometimes open two or three times a week.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Johnson said. “We certainly have served many people, but we are sad because we have enjoyed what we have done helping people, too.”

Johnson said there are numerous donors to thank for the clinic’s success, including the First Lutheran.

“First Lutheran Church has been very gracious in providing space for us and janitorial services,” Johnson said.

The clinic will be sending its equipment — including exam tables, blood pressure cuffs and diabetic monitors — to Global Health Ministries for distribution to developing nations.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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