Pelion medical clinic to expand

tflach@thestate.comMarch 26, 2013 

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    In other business, EdVenture officials asked Lexington County Council Tuesday to contribute more to the facelift that the children’s museum is undergoing.

    Katherine Horne, the museum’s chief executive officer, said help is still needed to complete an exhibit on rivers that is due to open in mid-2014.

    “We would love for you to be part of that,” Horne said, without specifying the amount of a contribution sought.

    County officials donated $100,000 last year that Horne said helped complete new exhibits on nutrition and manufacturing.

    Councilwoman Debbie Summers urged other council members to look favorably on the request, saying the plan would be beneficial for students.

    Horne estimates that Lexington County youngsters make up about one-fifth of the museum’s annual attendance of 250,000.

    Council will start weighing the request and others in about a month for the new budget that takes effect July 1.

— Pelion’s medical clinic got the go-ahead Tuesday to expand its two-year-old facility.

Lexington County Council signed off on the $100,000 project after clinic officials said demand for medical and dental care is mushrooming.

Clinic staff provided care to 5,000 patients last year, twice the level expected since its opening in 2011, officials said.

“It definitely demonstrates untapped demand,” associate administrator Ron Johnson said.

The expansion, which would add four rooms for medical use, could be finished this fall, county economic development director Ron Scott said.

The clinic is a partnership between the county and the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.

Its focus is on medical care for low- and moderate-income families and migrant workers.

The care it offers “is a Godsend” in the largely rural southwest corner of the county, Pelion Mayor Charles Haggard said.

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