WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – A much-needed clinic and pharmacy could be coming to West Terre Haute soon.
The Sisters of Providence and Valley Health Professionals have been working on the project that would serve approximately 2,500 people for approximately three years, and Tuesday, it was announced that the Providence Housing Corporation has roughly $30,000 in extra funding that will be re-appropriated for the clinic.
“Things are moving up, and people are feeling good about themselves,” Sister Dorothy Rasche of the Sisters of Providence said. “And they’re saying,’hey we want this, why can’t we have it?'”
According to the Sisters of Providence, West Terre Haute hasn’t had a health facility, let alone a pharmacy in town for years. The need for such a facility prompted them to take action.
“We really, really do need something for people who, you know, don’t have insurance and have no place to go,” resident Darlene Eldredge said.
With an unemployment rate of 28 percent, many people may not be able to pay for health care.
“We provide a sliding fee scale,” TJ Warren, CEO of Valley Professionals Community Health Center explained. “You do not have to have insurance to come to our clinic. We see people regardless of the inability to pay. And that’s really what our target is.”
The facility will sit on the corner of 6th and National, which is within walking distance for many residents.
“We’ll have about six exam rooms, three or four behavior health rooms, the pharmacy space which will be pretty good,” Warren said. “And we’ll have a drive through as well which is important.”
Access to licensed health professionals so close to home could improve the overall health of the West Terre Haute community.
“I know a lot of people that don’t go to a doctor,” Eldredge said. “They just try to tough it out because they can’t afford $200 doctors office visits.”
The project will cost around one million dollars which will be raised by fundraising and grants.
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