May 6, 2016
By MICKEY POWELL Bulletin Staff Writer
The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness will use a $950,602 federal grant toward establishing a clinic in the Ridgeway area that specializes in serving people with financial hardships.
The clinic is to be similar to the Bassett Family Practice, said coalition Executive Director Barbara Jackman. The practice — officially called a "community health center" — uses federal funds to care for patients regardless of their ability to pay. Anyone can go to the clinic, but fees are on a sliding scale based on income.
Jackman said she hopes the Ridgeway-area clinic will be operating within 18 months.
First, though, a suitable location must be found. Jackman said the coalition is looking at space in the Sheffield Square shopping center where Tractor Supply Co. is located. However, she did not know if that space actually will be chosen.
Therefore, the clinic’s opening is "still a long way off," she emphasized.
The coalition’s grant, a Virginia Health Infrastructure Investment Program Award made possible with funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be used to renovate whatever space eventually is obtained and install equipment and furnishings for the new clinic, according to Jackman.
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