began last week on a new $800,000 medical and dental facility
that will serve 2,500 patients in the Hurley area.
groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of that construction
was held last Wednesday.
completed, the Hurley Medical Clinic will be 3,262 square feet
in size and include exam rooms, physician office space, a
laboratory and X-ray space. Additionally, the facility will
house a complete dental office with dental examination areas,
office space and a waiting area.
start of construction on the Hurley Medical Clinic today marks
a significant step forward in our goal of improving the access
to affordable health care services for all Southwest
Virginians," remarked Ninth District Congressman Rick
Boucher, who was in attendance for the clinic's groundbreaking
activities Wednesday. Several local leaders and residents were
also on hand for the event, including Knox Supervisor Pat
Justus and North Grundy Board of Supervisors Chairman Carroll
was noted Hurley residents have been without convenient access
to medical care for nearly five years following the
destruction of the former Knox Creek Medical Association
clinic during the 2002 flood that devastated the community.
new facility is being funded by a federal grant totaling
nearly $650,000, as well as a $126,500 contribution from the
board of supervisors. In addition, the land for the clinic was
donated by Hurley residents David Brown and Beatrice Bailey.
in operation, the new clinic will house one physician, one
nurse practitioner and support staff, as well as one dentist,
two dental aides and a secretary.
Mountain Health Services, the same non-profit corporation
currently operating clinics in Vansant, Davenport and Oakwood,
will provide services at the new clinic on a sliding fee scale
basis, enabling the uninsured and under-insured to have access
to medical care.
availability of medical services in the Hurley community will
eliminate the lengthy drive to medical appointments many
residents are currently experiencing," Boucher said.
"This will be especially beneficial to the community's
elderly and disabled residents."
clinic will be located adjacent to the Hurley Pharmacy near
the intersection of Routes 643 and 650.