New Name For Children's Clinic
The North Country Children's Clinic is changing its name.
The organization, which no longer serves just children and expectant mothers, will now be called the North Country Family Health Center.
The new name, officials say, reflects the organization's new status as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
FQHCs are community-based organizations that provide health care to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or whether or not they have insurance.
That designation came in June, along with a $650,000 grant from the federal government.
The grant will allow the clinic will to creat two FQHCs by renovating the current facility in Watertown, adding an additional doctor and three nurses there, and opening a new facility in Lewis County.
The name change won't by official until approved by the state and that process could take months.
The not-for-profit clinic was founded in 1971 and served more than 16,000 children and families in 2011.
The organization runs the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program for Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Watertown, NY
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