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Rural healthcare could improve in Boston

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

BOSTON, GA (WALB) - A south Georgia community of only 1500 people may get a quality new healthcare facility.

North Florida Medical Centers specializes in rural healthcare. It wants to open a clinic in downtown Boston.

City leaders and citizens like Melba Cochran are thrilled about the proposal.

Melba Cochran can't drive. She has cancer in her right eye so seeing is difficult.

And making a trip to the doctor's office that's 20 minutes away, is even more difficult, and costly.

When she heard a new primary care clinic may be opening only 2 minutes from her home...

"I said oh hallelujah, they're going to bring one back to Boston," says Cochran.

And opening the clinic downtown is convenient. they already have a building ready, with a pharmacy next door.

A pharmacy with which the clinic would establish a discount drug plan.

"We just need it. A lot of people don't have transportation. It will be convenient," says Boston Mayor Danny Groover.

North Florida Medical Centers, the company looking to open the facility, will apply for grants from the federal government. If approved, the money will be used to assist patients who either can't afford the services, or don't have medical insurance.

"The clinic will see anybody. If you don't have insurance, basically if you come in, and you're sick. They're not going to refuse to see you," says Mayor Groover.

A step in the right direction for rural healthcare.

And an opportunity to improve the quality of life for the people of Boston.

The project isn't set in stone.

Right now the company is in the process of applying for the grant.

The mayor says he's confident the clinic will open sometime this year. It would be open Monday through Friday from 8 a-m to 5 p-m.

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