Pineville Community Hospital and Henderson Settlement opened the new Frakes Clinic on Tuesday. The Bell County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for the event.
“Pineville Community Hospital is partnering with Henderson Settlement to bring a medical clinic to Frakes to provide medical service to the citizens in the area,” said Pineville Community Hospital CEO Milton Brooks.
During the opening day, the clinic offered free food, drinks and flu shots to patients.
The clinic, located on the grounds of Henderson Settlement next to the Frakes Fire Department, is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday each week. The nurse practitioner at the clinic is Marilyn Osborne.
The clinic will provide services such as commercial driver’s license physicals, sick visits, well child exams, school check ups, women’s health services and some lab and pharmacy services.
Brooks said the clinic hopes to expand and have both a nurse practitioner and physician at the clinic in the near future.
Brooks said the idea for the clinic came about when Henderson Settlement Executive Director Mark Lemons approached the hospital with the idea.
Lemons said there used to be a clinic in Frakes, but the community group that ran it lost their last provider and the clinic closed.
He said the building stayed empty for a number of years.
Henderson Settlement purchased the property and began looking for an opportunity to bring health care back to Frakes, according to Lemons.
Lemons said the clinic is something the Frakes community needs.
“We believe there are a lot of folks that, because of the distance, are unable to get into town … and this will be much more convenient for them to drop in and do minor health care,” said Lemons.
Lemons said the community has responded well to the clinic.
He said there were several people from the community who came through to see the clinic during opening day. T
here have already been several appointments made for next week, according to Lemons.
Lemons projects the clinic will serve over 2,000 people in the community and possibly those in the Clairfield, Tenn. community as well.
“We’re just glad to provide the service,” said Brooks. “That’s our mission, to take care of folks.”
Frakes resident Bill Partin said he believes the clinic is needed for the community. Prior to its opening, Partin had to drive 18 miles to get a check up. Now he drives three.
“I’m thankful and glad that we’re getting a clinic back open again,” said Partin. “I believe it will be an asset to our community.”
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