Free Clinic Breaks Ground

Funds Still Needed To Finish Shenandoah County Facility

Posted: February 25, 2013

Local business leader Bill Holtzman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, and Gregory Byrd, president of the board of directors for the clinic, helped to break ground on the Shenandoah County Free Clinic Thursday. (Photo by Kaitlin Mayhew / DN-R)

WOODSTOCK — Although ground broke Thursday at the new location for the Shenandoah County Free Clinic, officials say donations are still needed to finish the project.

 

Community members gathered at the site of the former Adonia Gardens nursing home at 124 Valley Vista Drive in Woodstock for the official groundbreaking ceremony to kick off an extensive renovation.

 

Pam Murphy, executive director of the clinic, said about 60 percent of the necessary $2 million has been raised through donations and grant funding.

 

“We’d really like to be able to pay for everything [through donations] and not have to take out any loans,” she said.

 

In June, the Shenandoah County Free Clinic project was selected as one of nine recipients in Virginia of federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program. The clinic received $700,000.

 

Since the building was once a nursing home, it is well suited for a medical facility. The building is already handicap-accessible and outfitted with a waiting area and patient rooms.

 

Murphy said many of the rooms will be split to create additional residential space, and the foyer will be extended to create a larger lobby.

 

Other renovations will include a new roof, heating and air systems and a larger parking lot. The new facility, at close to 8,000 square feet, will be almost double the size of the current free clinic, located behind Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. The existing clinic measures 4,200 square feet.

 

U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, was among the guests at the ceremony Thursday.

 

He lauded the community in Shenandoah County for coming together to fund the majority of the renovation costs.

 

“As we go through this healthcare overhaul and as we struggle with healthcare reform in Washington, I am reminded that healthcare is solved primarily at a local level,” he said, a reference to the Republican Party’s mantra that advocates giving state and local governments more control over rules and regulations now mandated by Washington.

 

The Shenandoah County Free Clinic first opened in June of 2002. Dr. Gregory Byrd, current president of the clinic board of directors and Murphy were both members of the original founding group.

 

Anyone wishing to donate to the free clinic may do so via PayPal on the clinic’s website at www.shencofreeclinic.org or via check to P.O. Box 559 Woodstock, VA., 22664.

 

The clinic, according to Murphy, can always use more volunteers as well. Anyone interested should call 540-459-1700.

 

Contact Kaitlin Mayhew at 574-6290 or kmayhew@dnronline.com



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