DRAFFENVILLE – The Marshall County Board of Health voted Thursday to close its Calvert City Clinic because of minimal use.
The vote, at the board’s July meeting, was unanimous.
“We’re getting very little use, very little activity” at the clinic, chairman Mike Miller told the board, “and we’re tying up nurses, clinicians, secretaries to open that clinic one day a week.”
The clinic, at 503A 5th Avenue S.E., is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Public health director Lisetta Whitworth said the clinic was averaging eight patients per day, nearly all of them to obtain services under the Special Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.
The health department has operated the Calvert City clinic since the late 1990s.
Board members, in discussion of the matter, noted that the convenience of the location to Calvert City residents was offset by the limited hours of operation requiring them to schedule visits on one day each week.
Miller noted an experiment with a satellite clinic at Lakeland Wesley Village near Aurora had been a disappointment as well.
“We hate to do this,” Miller said. “But we’re going to take care of those people.”
The department will open a third school clinic this year at Jonathan Elementary School in the east county. Clinics are already operating at Calvert Elementary and at South Marshall Elementary near Hardin.
The board anticipates that health department services will be more convenient for all county residents when the new building on the U.S. 641 Spur bypass is completed.
Kevin Perry of Perry Office of Architecture and Design in Paducah delivered an update to board members on the progress of construction of the new facility.
He reported on changes that have been required, which will result in an increase of no more than $112,000 to the $3.9 million project.
“We’re making good progress” in the construction, Perry said.
Whitworth said the department expects to move into the new building in December.
A Delta Regional Authority grant of $400,000 and a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 were awarded for the project. So far, $256,671 has been drawn from the DRA grant and $184,000 from the CDBG, leaving approximately $450,000 in grant funds.
“We’re trying to use up our grant money before we go into our local money,” Miller said.
Board members voted to leave the tax rate at 8 cents, but restated their intent to cut the rate as soon as the construction project is complete.