Doors were officially opened Wednesday at the peninsula's newest health care facility.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for the new Cottonwood Health Center in Soldotna. The ceremony was part of an open house held from 4 to 7 p.m. to officially open the new center, which is operated by Central Peninsula Health Centers, a local nonprofit organization.
The health center, located at 170 E. Coral St., provides primary health care to local residents regardless of their ability to pay. It is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Primary Health Care obtained by Healthy Communities-Healthy People (HCHP) and administered by Bridges Community Resource Network Inc. The center, which opened its doors Jan. 7., provides a wide variety of health and medical services including lab work, health screening, immunizations, health counseling, physicals, pediatric and adult care and more.
On hand for the ceremony was Jay Livey, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Earlier in the day, Livey spoke about his department during a luncheon at Mykel's restaurant in Soldotna sponsored by Healthy Communities/Healthy People and Bridges. The luncheon was held in conjunction with the center's open house.
Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey also attended the event. Carey hailed the center as an example of the community's strong commitment to health care.
"Health care is the number one industry in the city of Soldotna. This (health center) is an excellent example of what's going on here," said Carey. "It's just awesome."
Also participating in the ribbon cutting were Deric Marcorelle, president of the board of the Central Peninsula Health Centers; Jane Stein, president of Bridges; Traci Davis, president of HCHP; Marilyn Kasmar, executive director of the Alaska Primary Care Association; and Ed Oberts, representing Borough Mayor Dale Bagley.
The Cottonwood Health Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Patients are taken on a walk-in basis, and no appointment is necessary. For more information on business hours or payment procedures, call the center at 262-3119.
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