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Moss Clinic wins vouchers for its patients

The screen shot from NextCare's Facebook contest.

The Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic this week captured first place in a contest sponsored by a chain of urgent care clinics. As a result, Moss will receive 50 vouchers which its patients can use at local NextCare offices.

The Fredericksburg free clinic provides medical care, dental care and medications for the poor and uninsured in the region. It was one of 14 nonprofit organizations in Virginia to be nominated for the NextCare poll.

NextCare posted logos from the nonprofits on its Facebook page and asked supporters to vote for their favorites. The polling began Sept. 26 and ended Oct. 10. More than 8,000 votes were cast.

Moss Clinic was the leading vote-getter with 3,539 votes. The Rappahannock Area YMCA , Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank also were among the top finishers.

Each of the vouchers that Moss will receive is valued at $200 and can be used for a patient visit, including lab work and imaging, at a NextCare clinic.

NextCare operates 54 urgent care centers in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Locally, it has partnered with Mary Washington Healthcare to operate clinics in Spotsylvania, Stafford and Prince William counties.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I am a volunteer medical screener at Moss Clinic.)