Health center dedicated to community |

Health center dedicated to community

In response to the Other Voices column about the reduction of services at the health department (“County cuts in health service ill-considered,” June 28), we at Miners Family Health Center (formerly Miners Medical Clinic) have been providing health care to individuals and families five days a week for 15 years.

We are not a government agency, but a community group that has always been dedicated to providing health care to low-income members of our community as well as those fortunate enough to have insurance.

Contrary to Mrs. Curtis’ implication, we are not expanding our services to capture more money that rightfully should go to the county health department. Rather, we were approached by the county and asked if we would help pick up some of the load as the county was planning to cut back some of the services it provided.

Mrs. Curtis further implies that somehow individuals who have been receiving health care through the county health department will now receive inferior care because Miners doesn’t employ nurse practitioners. Had Mrs. Curtis ever stepped in our facility, she might have learned that one of our providers is a nurse practitioner, that two of our physician assistants trained in a nurse practitioner/physician assistant program, and that our facility was a clinic training site for family nurse practitioners as well as physician assistant students!

In conclusion, I am personally sorry that the county has opted to reduce the services provided through the county health department. I feel that they have done an excellent job in the past. However, in these tight economic times we should all be supportive of whoever is willing and able to provide health care services to our community.


Steven Star, P.A., MFCC, is with the Miners Family Health Center.

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