Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured 15th Anniversary 

The dream and a mission of Dr. Brenda Prince are celebrating fifteen years! The Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured saw its first patient at St. Joseph’s Church Hall in January 2009.  The dream and the vision of Dr. Prince, and other health care providers realized that many people were using the emergency room as their doctor’s office and prescription refill center. The Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve access to health care for the working uninsured citizens ages 18-64 who live or work in Tuscarawas County and are at or below 199% of the federal poverty level.

The clinic began at St. Joseph’s Church every Wednesday afternoon with many area physicians volunteering their time to see the patients of the clinic. The clinic also received enormous support from Union Hospital and Trinity Hospital Twin City.

The TCWU moved to 420 Reeves Ave Dover, Ohio on March 28, 2011, with a new director, Jamie Orr-Smith.  The move was necessary to expand clinic hours and serve more patients. Pat Warther RN began as the clinic’s director in 2014.  The clinic continues to operate from this location providing primary medical care, laboratory testing and x-rays, health education, prescription assistance and limited dental care. 

The clinic operates through donations, grants, and fundraisers. Many of the grants and donations are from United Way of Tuscarawas County and many area foundations including Austin-Bailey Foundation, Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, North Canton Medical Foundation and the Kimble Family Foundation.  Area businesses, medical professionals and other community members have been extremely supportive over the past fifteen years.