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The King George Community Care Clinic held its grand opening Saturday with a crowd of officials, employees and citizens on hand to celebrate the new health care option for residents of the area. Congressman Rob Wittman was among the speakers.
“One of the things we face in this country today is the challenge in rural communities to create access to health care,” Wittman said. “If there is not access in rural areas, people have to travel great distances. And those distances are an impediment to them seeking care.”
The Saturday event was officially a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new not-for-profit clinic, which opened its doors four months ago on February 3, and has been well received in the community. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
“We have a lot of debate in this country about what health care should be about, about how we should create access,” Wittman said. “But at the end of the day, health care is about communities. Communities understand how to help folks.”
“Community health care is about making sure we understand how to bring practitioners together, and how we bring extenders together to provide a safety net, a fabric of care that is critical,” Wittman said.
Wittman praised King George resident Arlene Jacovelli for her work in establishing the new not for profit community care clinic, as well as Journal Publisher Jessica Herrink. “Arlene has done a spectacular job with this project, as has Jessica,” Wittman said.
Herrink, Jacovelli and other private donors provided over $25,000 in medical care vouchers to citizens this past month.
“The blessing and dedication ceremony marks another major milestone to each of us who have worked to make the Community Care Clinic a reality,” Jacovelli said.
Bishop E.W. Jackson cut the ribbon at the ceremony. “What we are witnessing here is doing something about an issue that is real, that is substantive,” Jackson told those gathered for the ceremony. “Not just talking about it, but doing something about it.”
In addition to Congressman Wittman and Jackson, other speakers included King George Commonwealth’s Attorney Keri Gusmann, Pastor Sherman Davis and Dr. Brian Josephs. Dr. Josephs is an Ob/Gyn with a thriving Fredericksburg-based practice who is partnering with Herrink and Jacovelli to bring specialized women’s healthcare services to King George and the surrounding area.
Drs. Roberto Canizares and Roosevelt Dean, the Care clinic physicians were at the ribbon cutting as was Dr. Michael Costa, who recently joined the practice.
In addition to its other vital medical services, the Community Care Clinic offers a blood draw laboratory, operated by AtheroTech, for patients of the clinic and to the walk-in public. The lab can draw blood for testing at Mary Washington, Quest, LabCorp, or any other lab. Other new services featured are a United Allergy clinic for allergy testing and non-invasive immunotherapy treatment, as well as a sleep study program.
According to Jacovelli the clinic is currently in negotiations to add an orthopedic doctor, cardiologist and other specialists.
The Community Care Clinic now takes most insurances, including Medicaid, Medicare and most recently added TriCare Prime, United and Optima.
The Community Care Clinic is raising funds to purchase a state-of-the-art x-ray machine. It will be the only x-ray in King George. Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at the clinic or at The Journal offices. The Community Care Clinic is a 24/7 TLC not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization.
The clinic is located just off Route 3 at 11131 Journal Parkway in King George. The phone number is 540-625-2527.