SLO County's first free medical clinic to open next week

An enthusiastic San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors has granted $75,000 to help get the county’s first free clinic off the ground.

Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the effort by the SLO Noor Foundation, which next week will open the Noor Free Clinic, the first in the county designed to provide medical care to the 30 percent of county residents who do not have health coverage.

Dr. Ahmad Nooristani — the Afghan born physician at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo behind the free clinic — intends to use the grant money primarily to buy laboratory equipment and supplies. That will allow the clinic to produce lab results quickly and efficiently.

Nooristani told supervisors that 500 volunteers already have said they will help the clinic operate. They include doctors, nurses, ophthalmologists, nutritionists, therapists and others.

Supervisors piled heavy praise upon Nooristani and his endeavor. Frank Mecham called it “a monumental effort,” Bruce Gibson said Nooristani had an “extraordinary vision,” and Adam Hill said the clinic is not only needed but also inspiring.

The Noor Free Clinic will have its official opening at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at 1428 Phillips Lane, suite B4, in San Luis Obispo. It will be open for patients from 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays starting next Friday.

For more information, visit http://slonoorfoundation.org .