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Hope Clinic honors physicians for care of poor, uninsured

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Hope Clinic recently honored several local physicians for their role in helping the poor and uninsured residents of Gwinnett County.

The Hope Clinic -- a Lawrenceville-based, pay-as-you-can health center for the uninsured and underinsured -- held its annual "Circle of Hope" gala to recognize those that help in their cause and to celebrate the clinic's 10th year of service.

Local doctors honored were: Dr. Cynthia A. Dolan; Dr. Robert E Ellis; Dr. James R. Freeman; Dr. Sreeni R. Gangasani; Dr. David A Krendel; Dr. Anthony M. Landis; Dr. Ola Odugbesan; and Dr. David R. Schmidt.

"When patients have to see a specialist, these are the doctors who help," Hope Clinic executive director Pam Martin said.

The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett was also given the "Hands of Hope" award for "persevering in their mission against incredible odds," Martin said.

In about two years since moving to its new location, the Hope Clinic has seen more than 16,500 patients. Of those, about 65 percent make less than $20,800 per year in income, Martin said.