A grand opening event will be held for the United Community Health Center in Storm Lake on Monday, August 7, with tours, refreshments and an appearance by Senator Tom Harkin.
"Things are going very well," said Renea Seagren, director of the site. "We have exceeded 600 patients for our first four months, and we continue to see five to seven new patients every day."
The event was organized around Harkin's schedule, and also coincides with National Community Health Center Week. Harkin was instrumental in obtaining the original federal grant to make the development possible.
The August 7 event runs from 8:30-10:30 a.m., and everyone is welcome. Harkin is scheduled at around 9 a.m.
The Storm Lake community health center will serve a six county area -Buena Vista, Sac, Ida, Pocahontas, Cherokee and Clay counties - and was initiated to fill voids in reaching specific populations with medical services, especially the low income and underinsured, although the facility is open to all.
"We hope that as we stabilize, we will now be able to focus on program development and outreach, go out into the community to bring important health information to the people we otherwise might not reach," Seagren said this week. The initial focus will be on diagnosing illnesses such as diabetes, sharing prenatal care information and directing mother-to-be to local physicians, and working with the medical center and local dentists to address a strategy for unmet dental needs.
The Center provides the following services: primary medical, laboratory services, immunizations, dental, nutrition, mental health, family planning, and OB/GYN.