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Crescent Community Clinic to open in Spring Hill on June 11

SPRING HILL — Crescent Community Clinic, the free nonprofit health service for the uninsured, will open its new Spring Hill facility at 8:30 a.m. June 11.

Meanwhile, the clinic's original facility on Broad Street in Brooksville has closed.

The Brooksville clinic, which was opened in 2008 by a group of local Muslim doctors, performed more than 5,000 patient services, according to Barbara Sweinberg, director of volunteer services. But the clinic's limited resources won't allow for the continued operation of two facilities.

"(We) can't afford to keep both of the clinics open," Sweinberg said, "and most of the patients come from Spring Hill now."

The new clinic — for low-income people ages 18 to 64 who have no insurance — will be in Winchester Plaza at 5244 Commercial Way.

Last year, Crescent carried a patient roster of 1,461. So far this year, the number stands at more than 1,000, Sweinberg said.

Physicians, who volunteer their services the first three Saturdays of each month, include a core of five, assisted by some 37 other volunteers, both in the medical field and allied and office services. More volunteers are enrolled in training to take on additional roles.

Seven dentists have signed on to offer basic dental services and are undergoing qualification.

Medical specialists are on call from Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals and Oak Hill Hospital. They, too, donate their expertise.

The new clinic was made possible by a $100,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. Also, Dr. Rodney Ackley, who spearheaded the dental outreach initiative, is providing the clinic facility space at a reduced rate.

Nonetheless, the clinic has an ongoing need for donations to help with operational expenses.

At the new clinic's opening, a limited number of new patients will be able to sign in from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Patients on file may register from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Lab patients with prescriptions for blood work will be processed at 9:15 a.m.

Beth Gray can be contacted at graybethn@earthlink.net.

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To contact the Crescent Community Clinic, call (352) 610-9916. The fax number is (352) 610-9915.

Crescent Community Clinic to open in Spring Hill on June 11 06/03/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2011 7:50pm]

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