Cordoba Healthcare clinic’s mission is to provide free specialty consultations to anyone that has limited access to healthcare.
“[The idea came from] one of the people who is running a free clinic in Urbana Champaign. So they came into Peoria and they gave us a presentation and we liked the idea and we stayed in contact with them. We always wanted to help the people who are uninsured and underinsured,” said Dr Wasim Ellahi, founding physician of Cordoba Clinic.
Luis Tinoco-Garcia , a volunteer medical student, said he already knew he wanted to be part of something like this.
“I love the human body and the science but for me medicine has always been a combination of many things. Social justice and advocacy has been in my DNA for my desire to go into medical school. So I knew that wherever I go for medical school this was going to be something that I was going to look for opportunities and obviously just trying to help the community,” said Tinoco-Garcia.
Cordoba Healthcare hopes to expand and is asking the community to spread the word to those who may be in need of their services,
“Taking care of the sick people that don’t have any other way to get treated, just taking care of them that gives a very big satisfaction,” said Dr. Ellahi.
The clinic is open every Sunday and is fully staffed by University of Illinois College of Medicine volunteer physicians, medical students and nurses.
“I’ve been a nurse for 40 years and I love Sundays because it’s very uplifting and it’s just a lot more relaxed and we can give to people who otherwise may not get medical care,” said Kathy Mohns, volunteer nurse.
711 W John Gwynn Jr., Peoria, IL 61605