(07/13/2001)
Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center is closing its West Fork Primary Care Center, according to CEO Barbara Lay. The offices will close at the end of July. "The use of the facility has continued to decline," she said, stating the project has lost $50,000.

"We acknowledge the importance of bringing medical services to southern Calhoun, and regret this has not worked. Our vital concern is maintaining services to our rural communities," she said.

The clinic has been operating for over one year, providing up-front medical services at the Minnora Community Center.

"Minnie Hamilton appreciates community residents who supported the facility," she said. "We are looking at other ways we could bring care closer to southern Calhoun."

Lay said if residents of Washington and Lee Districts feel it is important to have health care services in their community, they might begin a positive petition drive to request such services from Minnie Hamilton.

"We are open-minded to trying again," she said. "We know the need is there." Lay said there are new federal initiatives that could fund such services.

Lay said MHHCC's primary mission is to provide "quality health care to the people of our service area, regardless of their ability to pay."


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