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COPPERAS COVE — A partnership with a local hospital allowed Cove House to open a free health clinic Tuesday to provide care to indigent families and individuals in the Copperas Cove area.
A city permit was filed by Metroplex Hospital on Oct. 30 allowing Cove House to use the facility at 806 E. Avenue D in the Lovett Ledger Medical Plaza.
Tom Riddle, Metroplex Hospital director of facilities management, said the hospital is not charging Cove House for use of the facility. The hospital also pulled excess equipment and supplies from its storage facility to furnish and provide for the clinic at no cost.
The 2,000-square-foot facility has about five exam rooms. Metroplex Hospital is also providing volunteer medical staff to work at the clinic. Metroplex has a partnership with the Killeen Free Clinic, though the parameters of the partnership differ from the Cove Free Clinic.
The Cove clinic will provide general and acute care as well as hypertension and diabetes management and health education classes, said Shannon Horn, clinic director.
“We have so many (citizens) who have diabetes and hypertension that could be controlled if they were seeing a provider regularly,” Horn said. “We will be offering over-the-counter medications as well as medications in the clinic such as blood pressure medication. This is unique to Cove because these are not offered at the Killeen Free Clinic.”
Horn said the clinic needs interpreters as well as volunteers service from medical personnel including doctors, nurses, administrative aid, and financial and physical support from the churches in the area.
Social work interns from the University of Southern California also are assisting with the clinic.
Opening the free clinic was one of the goals set by Cove House in 2012 along with opening a transitional housing unit, a goal set in 2011. The transitional housing unit opened last week at 611 Sunset Drive, accepting its first tenant for the eight-unit apartment building.
“God is providing powerful ways for us to see our dreams come about,” said Benjamin Tindall, executive director of Cove House.