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New health clinic opening
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The new Diversity Health Center in Long County will begin taking limited walk-in clients at 10 a.m. on Jan. 3 in what administrators for the clinic are calling a “soft opening.”
An outgrowth of the Diversity Health Center in Liberty County, the new clinic bridges the gap between quality primary health care and those who otherwise could not afford increasing healthcare costs and insurance premiums.
Long County residents have been a substantial portion of Diversity-Liberty County’s repeat and new clients since it opened in November 2006. With its sliding pay scale and acceptance of Medicaid and Medicare insurance, the center became popular in a county where 17.6 percent of families live under the federal poverty level, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.
Now with a site in Ludowici, Long County health officials believe the clinic will cut down on the transportation costs incurred by impoverished residents as well as bring new services to the community.
“I’m going to be able to send people to Diversity now,” Long County Health Department Nurse Manager Kathy Rowell said recently. “They’re going to be able to get the help they need for their blood pressure and their diabetes, just problems that they’re not going to have to go out of town for anymore. They’re not going to have to go Jesup, Hinesville, and Brunswick.”
An official grand opening for Diversity-Long County is scheduled for a later date.
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