Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
By Dan Holtmeyer
The Community Clinic, one of Northwest Arkansas' largest providers of low-cost health care, turns 20 years old this year, but Joyce Brown still remembers its humble beginnings.
Known as St. Francis House in the mid-1990s, the Episcopal organization provided a health clinic on Thursdays in a Springdale strip mall "completely from scratch," said Brown, 66, the health clinic's first director. The clinic's one volunteer doctor sometimes couldn't come. A donated table missing a leg was held up with a stack of lima bean cans, said Brown's husband, Richard. The couple drew the clinic's layout on a napkin and got an architect to volunteer to formally draw it up.
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