Health Clinic Raises Questions For Neighbors

Aug 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Some residents and business owners located near the proposed site of a public health clinic are voicing concerns about the new facility, but officials with HealthFirst say they’re working to address the issues.

Plans for the Southland Drive clinic, which could be up and running by next summer, have some neighbors worried about increased traffic, parking problems, and whether the flood-prone area can handle the clinic and its sewage. Fayette County health commissioner Dr. Rice Leach, who was part of a panel brought in to help answer residents’ questions at a meeting last week, says some have also worried aloud about the kind of people who would use the clinic.

"There seemed to me to be an impression that the clinic was limited to uninsured and poor people and I said that is not true. The requirements of the grant say that you must make it available to them, but you do not limit it to them," he says.

William North, director of HealthFirst Bluegrass, is currently creating an advisory board to keep neighbors informed. It would meet for the next four to six weeks.