New clinic to open

Published 5:09 pm Thursday, June 13, 2013

Metropolitan Community Health Services is preparing to open a second health clinic in the region.

A grand-opening celebration for the Agape Community Health Clinic-Williamston is scheduled for noon in Williamston. The clinic, which is free or charges fees based on a patient’s income, is located at 1130 Godwin Drive in the Martin County town.

Metropolitan Community Health Services has its headquarters in Washington, where it opened its first Agape Community Health Clinic several years ago. It includes a dental clinic. Metropolitan Housing and CDC began offering health services in 1998. A year later, Metropolitan Community Health Services was incorporated as a nonprofit entity.

The Williamston clinic will serve the Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District and neighboring counties. It has 12 examination rooms, eight rooms for dental services and an in-house, full-service pharmacy. The clinic was funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

The Williamston clinic mimics the one in Washington, according to Fashikie E. Smith with Metropolitan Community Health Services.

“It’s the same operation; the same setup,” Smith said Wednesday.

It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Smith said. One day of the week will be selected to be an extended day, serving patients for more hours that day. The specific day for those extended hours has not yet been determined, Smith noted.

“The impact on the community will be enormous in medical, social and economic areas,” said Williamston Mayor Tommy Roberson.

The mayor, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield and the Rev. David L. Moore, CEO of Metropolitan Community Health Services, as scheduled to speak at the grand-opening ceremony. That ceremony includes a ribbon-cutting event, tours of the clinic and light refreshments.

A news release issued by Metropolitan Community Health Services describes the clinic as a state-of-the-art facility.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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