Grant allows clinic to buy EKG

Thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Matthews Rotary Club, the Matthews Free Medical Clinic can once again check patients for abnormal heart rhythms.

The nonprofit clinic will use the grant to buy a new EKG machine after the machine they had broke recently. Doctors and nurses at the clinic use the machine to detect and record abnormal heart rhythms which occur in patients who have blockages, congenital heart defects and congestive heart failure.

“The ability to provide EKG readings on site again will make a huge impact on our patients, especially those that have difficulties with transportation,” Amy Carr, executive director for the clinic said in a news release. “Running the test during a patient’s appointment, not only ensures that they have the test, but it also eliminates the wait time to receive their results. We are extremely grateful to the Matthews Rotary Club.”

The Matthews Free Medial Clinic provides free healthcare to uninsured residents in Mecklenburg and Union counties.

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