New clinic opens in Soldotna

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

KENAI (AP) -- A new medical clinic that opened Monday in Soldotna aims to provide better access to health care for families and individuals who are under-insured, uninsured or lack primary care physicians.

The Cottonwood Health Center is funded by a $650,000 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services.

''It is open to anyone,'' emphasized Jane Stein, one of the organizers.

Patients will pay on a sliding scale based on their incomes.

Sen. Ted Stevens helped secure the grant, which was awarded to the Bridges Community Resources Network, a nonprofit umbrella group that supports charitable services and community projects.

A nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, two nurses, a clinic director and an assistant will provide basic health services. In addition, the dental health access project coordinator will relocate to the office, and an executive director will oversee the project.

Plans call for adding another suite and dental services. Eventually, organizers plan to have a series of clinics around the area under the umbrella name Central Peninsula Health Centers, she said.

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