Thousands receive medical care through Hartford HealthCare's medical missions
Hartford HealthCare held its first statewide medical mission on Saturday, providing free medical care to those in need at six locations.
Patients received free medical screenings, vaccines and behavioral health services.
The mission first started back in 2015 with St. Vincent's Medical Center, who held their own event at Cesar Batalla school in Bridgeport.
Maria Hernandez was among the hundreds in line.
"This is such a blessed day for me…The staff are very kind and give good information," said Hernandez.
Health care professionals say it's important to give back.
"It is such an honor to help so many people in our local community. To be able to…come together and serve those who are need," said Julie Cuccia, a registered nurse with Hartford HealthCare.
In total, nearly 2,400 patients were seen. Along with medical care, people also received free coats, hats, meals and haircuts.