The new facility offered a free immunization clinic Wednesday, and a variety of services aimed at improving the health of children and pregnant women and their unborn babies will begin soon. The WIC program will offer services at the clinic on the second Tuesday of every month beginning July 14, and Jay pediatrician Dr. Marian Stewart will begin to see patients in Century in the near future. Exact dates for the new services will be announced soon.
“There was a young mother who took her very sick baby into the emergency room,” Cmiel said. “It turns out she was unable to get to her appointment to get more formula, so she was watering the baby’s formula down. It’s unacceptable that we as a community were not making those services more accessible to her.”
But she hopes the Century clinic will be a step in making resources available to mothers.
Dr. Stewart will operate a satellite location in Century, making it easier for those in Century who don’t have the transportation resources to make the seven mile trip across the river in Jay.
“I’m excited about what is being done here,” Stewart, who will continue to see patients in Jay, said.
The new Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition clinic is located at 511 Church Street, near the old Century hospital. For more information on clinic services, call (850) 696-2291.
Before offering some services, the non-profit clinic is in need of a baby changing table and a refrigerator to store vaccines and medical supplies. To donate, call (850) 696-2291.