The Community Foundation of the CSRA has scheduled a press conference Thursday morning, Dec. 9 to announce the presentation of several awards including a $10,000 grant to McDuffie County Partners for Success to support an all-volunteer rural health care clinic.
"We are really excited about it. It's not often we can get funding specifically for the rural health clinic," said Dr. Mary Ann Kotras, executive director for Partners for Success. She planned to attend the press conference at Enterprise Mills in Augusta with Dr. Sandy Turner who operates the free clinic in Dearing, The Samaritan House.
The clinic provides health care to between 25 and 35 individuals each week, most of whom are underinsured or uninsured, Dr. Kotras said. The grant will be used to support the clinic and related programs such as health promotion and disease prevention classes, brochures and videos in English and Spanish, health demonstration models, medical supplies and clinic instruments.
"There's even money for an interpreter," said Dr. Kotras who noted the clinic is serving a growing Hispanic population.
The clinic volunteers, under the direction of Dr. Turner, include nursing students and medical students who come Mondays from 2:30-5:30 p.m.
State Senator-Elect Jim Whitehead, who performed the site visit to the clinic for the grant, was very impressed, Dr. Kotras said.
"He said this was something more communities need to do in terms of providing free rural health care," she said.