Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:22
The Wood County Health Department’s satellite clinic in Perrysburg will soon move to a more suitable location.
|Perrysburg Heights Community Center (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Now held monthly at St. Timothy Episcopal Church on East Boundary, the satellite clinic will move March 19 to the Perrysburg Heights Community Association on Jefferson Street.
Ben Batey, director of nursing services, announced the move at Thursday’s health board meeting.
The new site already offers a free medical clinic led by Dr. Richard Paat each Wednesday night.
The health department will add its WIC and clinical services every third Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The two clinics will offer similar services.
Paat has been there three years, and said Friday his clinic saw 1,100 uninsured and underinsured patients last year.
That number “is huge because of the economy, of course,” he stated.
“It’s great. The more services the better,” he said about the county providing medical services at the site.
He said people on Wednesdays are treated on a first-come, first served basis. His clinic is open 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. and it sees about 40 people each night. He has about 20 volunteers on his medical team.
Initially, a family nurse practitioner will staff the county’s clinic, but Batey’s goal is to also add reproductive health services as well.
The Heights site offers two exam rooms, a set-up that was lacking at the church.
Services provided will include immunizations, and primary health care services. “Anything that somebody might need to see their primary care physician for,” Batey explained.
The clinic will bill patients’ private insurance carriers, Medicare or Medicaid for services when appropriate. People who are uninsured will be charged a sliding fee based on income. Everyone will pay a $10 service fee.
Patients can call for an appointment at (419) 354-9049 for the clinic, and (419) 352-8402 for WIC.
The health department also has satellite clinics in North Baltimore, Northwood and Bradner.
The clinic will continue to book up to 10 appointments each day, but Batey is hoping to help more people at the new site.
“If we can fill that need, hopefully we’ll open up another day for primary care.”
At $100 each month, the new site also is $50 less expensive for the county than at the Perrysburg church.