Clinic Reopens in Gretna

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

Some Gadsden County residents no longer have to travel to Tallahassee for medical attention. That's been the case for the past year after the hospital and Gretna clinic closed their doors.

Eight-nine-year-old Cornelius Harris once frequented the Gretna clinic for medications and monitoring his blood pressure. Lack of funding forced officials to close the clinic's doors in December of last year, meaning Harris and others would have to travel elsewhere for medical help.

Cornelius Harris said, "It affects me a lot ‘cause you see when I get check I have to go to my doctor the VA in Tallahassee and get my blood checked."

Thursday health officials announced the reopening of the Gretna clinic in an area desperate for medical help.

Health Administrator Slyvia Byrd said, "So having the clinic there easily accessible so people can walk to get to the clinic easier would make it easier for people to get prenatal care, easier to get immunization for flu shots for the flu season and other adult immunization."

Officials are also relying on new tax revenues to keep the clinic open and help uninsured or under insured residents.

Sherri Vanlandingham said, "The half-cent sales tax will be able to provide more primary care, which right now our health department is not providing. We have to all join in together to make sure that we have health care.”

Health care that is so vital for a community plagued with medical disparities. The clinic will open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and because of the limited hours officials are encouraging residents to schedule appointments.

Administrators are getting $12,000 from Big Bend Area Health Education Center, and the city of Gretna is pitching in paying the light bill, roughly $5,000.

To schedule an appointment call 850-856-5552.


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