Compassion Outreach Center has been offering various types of assistance to residents in need for seven years.
“Our primary emphasis is to provide medical care for those who have no health insurance,” said Clinic Director Ed Poblete. “Our motto is, ‘Serving people for the glory of Christ.’”
Poblete said the center is sponsored by Central Church of Christ and offers clinic nights every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
“We open at four o’clock and we close when the last patient is seen,” he said.
Typically, the center treats between 30 and 35 patients on clinic nights with limited acute care.
“We see diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hyper thyroidism and diseases that can be seen every month,” he said. “If somebody’s got the flu, we’ll have to send them to the emergency room because we’re only open twice a month.”
It is staffed with doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical providers, optometrists and dentists who are almost all volunteers.
“We probably have around 15 active medical providers, two dentists and eight optometrists who are providing their services free of charge,” Poblete said. “Many are doctors with the Chickasaw Nation and a few of them have their own private practice here in town.”
Compassion Outreach Center tries to help patients get prescriptions through Oklahoma’s Rx assistance program. Ada’s Lion’s Club partners with the center to provide $50 vouchers for eye-glasses.
“It’s been a good partnership for us for seven years now,” Poblete said.
Medical help isn’t the only service provided on clinic nights, however. He said church groups within the community prepare a hot meal for patients.
“We offer prayer, counseling and we give away clothes,” he said.
Hair stylists also offer their services on clinic night.
“Shear Power Academy of Hair has started sending five beauticians to cut hair and do manicures,” Poblete said. “Anyone who would like to serve and share their talents, the doors are open.”
Blake Bostick, a local attorney, offers free legal consultations on clinic night.
“It’s nice to see folks leave the place knowing they’re going to look good and they’re going to feel good.”
Poblete said community support makes the center possible.
“It’s incredible that we have so many organizations from the community participate,” he said. “Most of our funding comes from right here in Ada.”
He said approximately 98 percent of the funding comes from individuals and churches in the area.
Compassion Outreach Center is located at 1124 Cradduck Road. To make an appointment, call (580) 310-1021 and leave a message.