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|Health clinic coming to Crowville|
Money has been secured for the construction of a rural heath clinic in Crowville and Franklin Medical Center officials expect to have a site chosen for the facility within two weeks. Administrator Blake Kramer announced during Thursday's regular meeting of the hospital's board of commissioners that the state Legislature recently approved the funding, ending a three-year quest for a share of $11 million appropriated in 2007 to expand healthcare in Louisiana's rural communities.
The state has given the green light for $450,000 to be used to build a clinic similar to those the hospital operates in Winnsboro, Newellton and St. Joseph.
"This is really a positive expansion for the hospital and the parish that will bring a quality provider where there isn't one," said Kramer.
Funding for the clinic was approved by the Joint Senate Committee on Health and Welfare and House Committee on Health and Welfare on Feb. 18.
The money was originally designated for a rural health clinic in Wisner, but federal regulations dictating the distance between rural providers forced hospital officials to look at other regions in the parish.
The hospital eventually leased the old Middelton Pharmacy in Crowville to secure a site for the clinic.
The clinic will be built on different site, Kramer said, most likely on the La. 15 or the Baskin-Crowville Road, La. Highway 577. Hospital officials said the clinic is expected to be at least 3,500 square-feet and employ about five people, including a doctor and nurse practitioner. The physician who will head the clinic has not been chosen, Kramer said.
Franklin Medical officials said land is currently being surveyed for the rural health clinic and bids will soon start for construction.
"Hopefully, we will be able to start the bid in a month or two, once we get the land locked down," Kramer said.
The hospital board reported a service area for the Crowville clinic would include some 24,000 rural residents.
In other business, financial records for the month of March reflect a net income of $236,058, up from about $30,000 from same time last year. Revenues were strengthened by $773 in grant money in the month.
The Board of Commissioners of Franklin Medical Center voted to let to let hospital department heads to set their own dress code for employees under them, to be approved by the administration and presented to the board.