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From left to right:  Helen Harder, Hollie Smith, Paul Harder, Cheryl Harder

From left to right: Helen Harder, Hollie Smith, Paul Harder, Cheryl Harder

The Hannibal Free Clinic held a Donor’s Banquet at Hannibal-LaGrange University. Dr. Ervin Harder’s family was present to honor his service and dedication to HFC. An appeal was made to those in attendance for financial donations and medical volunteers. Please contact the Hannibal Free Clinic if you are interested in assisting. For the complete story from Hannibal Courier Post:

The Hannibal Free Clinic held its annual meeting Thursday.
The clinic has been in existence since 2007, providing medical and dental care for local low income adults with no medical coverage.
The clinic director is Sharon Webster. She says that as the need to provide free medical care grows, so grows the need for volunteers in all areas to staff the clinic.

The clinic also handed out awards Thursday. The “Heart Beat” awards were given by Rita Elliott, Warren Barrett and Sandy Cockrell. The “Supporting Our Services” Award went to Northeast Missouri Imaging Associates, and the “Caring Heart” Award was given to Dr. Priscilla Long.

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Photo/Harold Smith




July 25, 2013


The board of directors recently appointed Adam Samaritoni, D.O. as Medical Director of Hannibal Free Clinic. Dr. Samaritoni is a family practice physician at Hannibal Regional Medical Group.  He has been a part of the Hannibal community since July 2010.  Dr. Samaritoni has volunteered at the Free Clinic since October, 2011.  As Medical Director he will be responsible for the coordination and oversight of all medical care provided at the Hannibal Free Clinic and for the quality of services rendered.

Dr. Samaritoni is board certification in family medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Residency in Family Medicine in Quincy, Illinois through Southern Illinois University.  Dr. Samaritoni is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Illinois Association of Family Physicians and American Osteopathic Association.  As a family practice physician, Dr. Samaritoni sees patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Congratulations Dr. Samaritoni!



The Hannibal Free Clinic held its annual meeting on Thursday, February 14 at 12:00pm at Fiddlestiks Restaurant in Hannibal. The following awards were presented in grateful appreciation for their contributions to the mission of Hannibal Free Clinic.


Award Recipients

HEART BEAT AWARD – This award is presented to three volunteers who have been instrumental in the development and operation of the clinic.


  • Linda Kennett – Began volunteering at the HFC in 2011. Linda processes new patient applications and is very good working with people who have questions and need assistance with the application process. She also assists with updating existing patents financials to re-qualify them for the coming year.


  • Joan Malone – A volunteer for the HFC since 2008 Joan retired from the Ralls County Health Department.  She started as a volunteer nurse assisting the providers on clinic day.  Joan works to provide medication assistance to the clinic patients.  She logs meds into the computer and assists with reorders. She spends at least two days a week volunteering at the clinic.


  • Joni Halpin – has been instrumental in setting up the “lab process” at the Free Clinic. She set up the phlebotomy station at the new location, recruited additional help and schedules volunteers to assist. Joni who is retired from HRH laboratory, and her husband Dr. Stephen Halpin, who also volunteers at the clinic while maintaining a full time practice at the Hannibal Clinic, enjoy traveling in their off time.


SUPPORTING OUR SERVICES – Our S.O.S’ award…an acronym for ‘supporting our services’.  Just as every heart needs a healthy body in which to function, our free clinic could not survive without the life-giving support of other organizations that make up the body of our community.


The United Way of the Mark Twain Area has supported the mission of the HFC from the very beginning.  The first year the clinic was a Venture Grant Recipient.  The clinic has been funded each year since them.  Even in the recent years when fundraising has been difficult and more agencies are asking for more money, the United Way has supported the Hannibal Free Clinic.

This good working relationship is why we are honoring the United Way and Lou Lemen, Executive Director, for Supporting Our Services.


CARING HEART AWARD –  this award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond to provide support to the clinic and it’s patients.


Steve Keppner has been on the Board of the Free Clinic since 2007.  He has given of his time and energy to support the operations of the clinic by providing financial support, grant writing and providing support during the United Way allocation application and presentation.  Even though Steve’s term on the board has expired he is committed to continuing to volunteer at the clinic.


Congratulations to all our award recipients!




December 21, 2012


Retiring Board Members Recognized

December 21, 2012

Hannibal Free Clinic recently recognized five directors who are retiring from the Hannibal Free Clinic board of directors at the end of 2012. Each director has completed two three-year terms on the board.  Joe Yarbrough, HFC Board Chairman, commended these directors for their many years of service. The board members are (from left to right) Julie Leverenz, Stephen Keppner, Diane Bibb, Dave Dexheimer and Betty Anderson. These individuals have served on the Hannibal Free Clinic board since the clinic’s inception in 2007.

Thank you for your service!











Hannibal Free Clinic hosted an Open House celebration Thursday, August 23 from 4:30 to 7:00pm at their new location at 3145 North Highway 61.

Tours of the new facility and refreshments were offered to over 100 guests in attendance. Hannibal Free Clinic began seeing patients at its new location on July 5.  The new location allows Hannibal Free Clinic to offer its patients expanded access to basic health services, easier access from major highways in the Hannibal area, improved parking, and access to two dental treatment rooms.  Now that the clinic has completed its first month of operation, visitors toured the new facility and visited with board members, volunteer physicians and individuals who staff the clinic to discover some of the ways the clinic is making a positive difference in people’s lives every day. We were able to secure several new clinic volunteers thanks to this event. Congratulations to Sharon and all our volunteer staff!




August 21, 2012

Hannibal Free Clinic recently received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health in the amount of $13,800. This is a 2-year grant.   MFH is the largest health-related foundation in Missouri.  This is our second round of awards (the first was for $5800 for 2010-2011).

The more than 100% increase is reflective of the increased demand we have experienced due to economic and other factors. Board member Louis Riggs was instrumental in obtaining this grant.


Hannibal Free Clinic Moving to New Facility


June 18, 2012

Hannibal Free Clinic is relocating from its current location at 711 Grand Avenue to the new Hannibal Regional Medical Building (formerly Salt River Community Health Center) at 3145 North Highway 61. Through a generous arrangement with Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, Hannibal Free Clinic will occupy a portion of this facility. Hannibal Free Clinic will begin seeing patients at its new location on July 5.  The new location allows Hannibal Free Clinic to offer its patients expanded access to basic health services, easier access from major highways in the Hannibal area, improved parking, and access to two dental treatment rooms.


Hannibal Free Clinic opened its doors in 2007, in space donated by Douglas Community Services at 711 Grand Avenue. The staff and board of directors of Hannibal Free Clinic is grateful to DCS for its generous support over the past five years, allowing Hannibal Free Clinic to become established and better serve the Hannibal area. This move allows both Hannibal Free Clinic and Douglas Community Services to increase the level of services they provide to our community.


The Hannibal Free Clinic is a local mission offering free, non-emergency, scheduled primary care for uninsured, low income adults age 18 – 65. As a non-profit community charity, its mission is to promote health and wellness by providing quality services, at no charge, to people who are living in poverty without access to basic healthcare.


Hannibal Free Clinic relies totally on volunteer physicians and staff. It receives no state or federal funding. Hannibal Free Clinic is a tax exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Hannibal Free Clinic call 573-248-8307 or visit their website at


A Generous Gift from Hannibal Rotary Club











On April 24th Dr. Draper and Board president Joe Yarbrough did a beautiful job of sharing the story of the Hannibal Free Clinic with the Hannibal Rotary Club.  And thanks to Louis Riggs and Jean Kane’s efforts earlier this year in preparing and submitting a grant application to the Rotary Community Action Committee, Dr. Draper and Mr. Yarbrough accepted a $1,000 donation to the Free Clinic from the Rotary Club!


Honoring Marty Fredd – A Longtime Volunteer









Hannibal Women’s Club Presentation










GFWC of Hannibal Honors Martha Fredd

March 27, 2012  (Courtesy of Mary Bailey)

Linda Verdier, president of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Hannibal recently presented a check totaling $550 to the Hannibal Free Clinic, in memory of longtime member Martha Fredd. Receiving the donation was Sharon Webster.

Every year the Hannibal Woman’s Club recognizes deceased members with a memorial in honor of their valuable service to the club, and to the community at large. It was an easy decision for the WC Board of Directors to memorialize Martha in this manner.

Martha Ann Fredd joined the Woman’s Club of Hannibal in 1985. Marty, as she was known by everyone, became interested in federated membership after a busy life raising four children and devoting her energies to other community activities. She trained to be a registered nurse as a young woman. Despite not working as an RN for many years, she never lost that desire and compassion to help others in need. Over the course of her 26-year WC membership, Marty worked enthusiastically on many committees, was a respected member of the club’s Board of Directors, and served as President from 2000-2002.

Early on, Martha was instrumental in bringing the concept of the Hannibal Free Clinic to the attention of the Woman’s Club membership at large. This federated group is “dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service”.  Marty certainly embodied these ideals. She arranged an informational program/presentation for the club in February of 2007 which highlighted the critical need in the community for free medical services, targeting uninsured persons living in poverty. Ms. Julie Leverenz presented an eloquent appeal on behalf of this non-profit medical service. That day was significant because after the program, the entire membership of the Hannibal Woman’s Club pledged a collective commitment to assisting the clinic, through volunteerism and fundraising.

Marty participated in important organizational activities prior to the official opening in May of 2007. After that Ms. Fredd was a dedicated and valued component in the operation of the facility.  Mary Grossmeier, fellow clinic volunteer, fondly remembers Marty “working diligently on chart preparation and record keeping of patient applications.”  After the HFC opened, Marty continued helping with general office tasks, in addition to serving as a greeter/receptionist on a regular basis. Ms. Grossmeier warmly describes Marty as a “cheerleader” for the clinic.  She was tireless in “advertising” (by word-of-mouth) the services offered by the facility, as well as the on-going needs of this ambitious mission. She recruited time and money from others — she was always willing to take on new tasks. When arriving for work, her mantra would always be, “What do you need today?”  It was this kind of enthusiasm and spirit which prompted the Free Clinic Board of Directors to present Martha with the 2009 Heart Beat Award for exemplary volunteerism – recognition so richly deserved.

Until her death in November of 2011, Marty was a regular on the clinic work schedule. She made it her mission to greet all new patients with a caring smile and a sympathetic ear as they registered for services. She treated every patient with respect and dignity, regardless of his or her circumstances. A caring attitude was paramount for Martha, whether dealing with fellow volunteers or with clients, many of whom found themselves in very desperate situations.  She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched. Marty will forever be remembered for her positive smile, compassionate attitude, and that determined walk which signaled to everyone that no problem was insurmountable.



Annual Meeting Celebrates Milestones










Clinic dispenses $1.5 million in free medication

by Sarah Deien

February 24, 2012   (Story & Photo courtesy of KHQA-TV/

HANNIBAL, MO. — Anyone on prescription medicine knows just how much a handful of pills can cost.  Many people just risk living with chronic conditions like high blood pressure because they can’t afford health care or prescriptions.

At an annual meeting Thursday, volunteers of the Hannibal Free Clinic celebrated providing more than 1000 people in the area with health care at no cost.

Perhaps the most staggering figure–the clinic dispensed more than 1.5 million dollars in prescription medication in 2011 alone. In the Free Clinic’s founding year 0f 2007, it recorded just $20,000 in prescription assistance.

The Hannibal Free Clinic provides health care to people between the ages of 18 and 65 who don’t have access to basic care. Last year it operated on 2.2 million dollars in in-kind donations. It runs on volunteer efforts alone. Dr. Richard Draper is one of the founding volunteers.

“I think I get much more out of it than my patients do,” he told the crowd at Thursday’s annual meeting.

The Hannibal Free Clinic operates of out the Douglass Community Services building on Grand Avenue in Hannibal.  The board of directors hopes to move into a larger location in the next year or two.





Annual Meeting to Salute Volunteers

The Hannibal Free Clinic will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 23rd at 12:00p.m. at Quality Inn & Suites in Hannibal.

The meeting agenda will include volunteer recognition awards, the growth of the Hannibal Free Clinic in the services it offers and the scope of its practice, its outreach to the Hannibal area and accomplishments during the past year.

In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet one of the clinic’s patients whose life was changed by the care received from the Clinic.

The program will conclude with the announcement of several new milestones for the clinic.

The Hannibal Free Clinic relies totally on volunteer physicians and staff. Its mission is to promote health and wellness by providing quality services, at no charge, to people between the ages of 18 and 65 without access to basic care. “The Hannibal Free Clinic” is a tax exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible.” For more information about the Hannibal Free Clinic call 573-248-8307.

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