Wise County now has a new after-hours health care provider.
The Clinical Care Associates Community Health Clinic in Decatur is now open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Previously, the clinic was only open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The clinic is able to offer the extended hours because it has added a second provider. Laura Moore, a nurse practitioner, has been serving since last October. On Monday, Alissa Sobieraj, a physician assistant, also began work at the clinic.
The Community Health Clinic has operated as a branch of Wise Regional Health System’s Clinical Care Associates since Oct. 1 of last year. Prior to that it had been run by North Texas Area Community Health Centers Inc.
While the clinic was created in early 2012 mostly with local funds in hopes of being federally funded, it did not qualify for federal grants. Wise Regional stepped in to keep the facility open.
“Our community clinic is a good way to reach out to our Wise County community, not only to help the insured but the uninsured,” said Lisa Read, director of clinic operations. “Our main purpose or goal is to reach out to that uninsured population.”
The clinic also accepts Medicare and Medicaid.
Patients are billed for services based on a sliding scale according to family size and income levels. If the patient is still unable to pay, they will not be turned away according to Paul Aslin, chief operating officer of Wise Clinical Care Associates.
Because it no longer receives federal funds, the clinic must rely on donations to make up the difference.
While the clinic typically sees between 120 and 150 patients a month currently, that could increase to about 400 now that a second provider is on the job, Aslin said.
The Community Health Clinic is located in the old emergency room on the WRHS West Campus, 2000 S. Farm Road 51. Its new phone number is 940-626-3888.
For information on the clinic or the services offered, visit ClinicalCareAssoc.com.
To make a donation to the clinic, call the number listed above.