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Bond Health Board Absent At Town Hall Meeting

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email
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By Greg Gullberg
August 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The Leon County Commission is threatening to pull out funding for the Bond Community Health Center. Tonight they made their concerns public about the direction of the Board.

The Bond Community Health Center provides low cost health care for people like Claudia Miles' son.

Tallahassee resident, Claudia Miles: "Bond actually helps him to be more self-sufficient and helps me and helps us with keeping the cost down so he can get all the services he needs."

Bond's services are especially important for patients who are under or un-insured. But Bond's future is in question after the Leon County Commission voted last month to suspend more than 800,000 dollars of funding. Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor is the spear-heading force behind it.

Leon County Commissioner, Bill Proctor: "No one wants to pull Bon'd funding, but everyone wants Bond to be deserving of it."

Proctor is concerned by the direction of the new Board and waves of recent staff cuts. He organized Thursday's Town Hall meeting.
Many Bond Board members didn't come... But some staff did.

Bond Employee, Anya Monroe: "I feel some type of way about that. You held this and did not come talk to us first? How are you going to talk about us but not talk to us? That's what i want to know." (Cheers)

Bill Proctor: ""So it's very disappointing that they had three days but could not prepare to come meet this community which they serve. I'm not saying they're ducking. But I would have been here if I were the leader of Bond."

Bond board members do say they plan to be at the next meeting... September 10th. That's when commissioners may vote on a final decision. The money is for the next budget year beginning October 1st.

By Greg Gullberg
August 1, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - It's health care for many people who can't afford to get it anywhere else... But funding for a major local provider may be in jeopardy.

The public voiced its concerns about the Bond Community Health Center tonight at a Town Hall meeting at Bethel AME Church on Orange Avenue in Tallahassee. It was to discuss concerns about funding for the Bond Community Health Center.

Many rely on Bond for their health care needs, especially patients who are under- or uninsured. The commission voted last month to suspend more than 800,000 dollars of it. At the Town Hall, Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor addressed the public's concerns.
He was the spear-heading force behind the vote to pull the funds.
He accused Bond's board of jeopardizing the Center's future by firing experienced senior staffers. If the Commissioners decide to pull Bond's funding, the Center could also lose up to 2 million dollars in federal and state money.

The Commissioners may make a final decision next month when they take a vote September 10th. The money is for the next budget year beginning October 1st.

WCTV was at the meeting and will bring you more tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

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