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Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center building West Columbia facility

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Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center has broken ground for a 6,700-square-foot primary care center to serve the Cayce/West Columbia area.

The facility at 407 N. Brown St. will offer family medicine, pediatrics, counseling/behavioral health, women’s health, and pharmacy services, according to a press release.

The project is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Infrastructure Investment Program, which aims to support health centers to provide comprehensive primary and preventive health services to “medically underserved populations through the renovation, expansion, or construction of facilities,” the release added.

It’s also partially funded by the Lexington County Community Development Department through Community Development Block Grant funding.

“Expanding our primary care services in West Columbia has been long awaited,” said Delgado Cantave, president and CEO of the cooperative.  “There is a growing need for many residents to have access to affordable health care services. We are filling a gap for patients to find the care they need and build on our mission to provide quality healthcare in the spirit of the Good Samaritan. This expansion would not be possible without the support and partnership of County of Lexington and the Health Resources and Services Administration.”

The new health center is expected to be completed winter 2017.

The cooperative provides primary health care annually for more than 58,000 people of all income levels in the Midlands.

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