OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla. – A local non-profit clinic serving veterans in the metro will be forced to close its doors Friday.
Monday, building inspectors said their clinic was not up to par with codes.
Since the clinic opened last year, they have served around 10,000 patients.
Building inspectors said the wiring was not suitable for medical space and neither was oxygen tank storage.
As clinic staff scramble to come up with a plan, the clock is ticking.
Chiropractic care, foot baths and even treatments using oxygen to treat PTSD is all offered for patients with little to no cost.
"It was the only place that I could come," said Cendy Prator, an air-force veteran.
Prator receives treatment at the clinic.
"A lot of people are panicking," she said. "We will need money to keep the doors open."
And, money is what it all boils down to.
Inspectors came to look at the building, noticing violations in the way things were set up.
"We needed to redo some wiring and, also, needed to have our oxygen either in a hazmat closet or outside," said Dr. William Duncan, who runs the clinic.
He said he's had a feeling for a while things would be changing, he just didn't expect less than a week's notice.
"I know what the codes are, but we just haven't been able to execute on that because, frankly, we needed the money to do it," Duncan said.
And, as a non-profit, they count on every penny they can get.
"It literally costs us about $20, 000 a month to keep the clinic open to treat these veterans," he said.
"It doesn't matter where it is, as long as it functions and he's there, because he's the glue that holds us together," Prator said.
If you’d like to make a donation to the clinic, contact First United Bank at 405-273-6100 and let them know you want to make a donation for the Patriot Clinic.