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Finding affordable medical care is a lesson in overcoming obstacles in Clinton, Iowa.

Friday's ribbon-cutting is more than a ceremony for the Community Health Care clinic at 925 S. 4th Street.

It represents a milestone for the popular provider and community.

The federally-funded $3.7 million project will help thousands of patients.

Before this, Laura Hammond had to drive to Davenport for care.

"That's just it," she said.  "It's going to be affordable and close by."

But local controversy on where to build the clinic almost killed the project.

The situation created quite an uphill battle just to make the October 2014 ground breaking.

When unlikely partner Hy-Vee stepped up to offer land near its store, the clinic became a reality.

A dedicated community really joined forces, from the Sisters of St. Francis to Mercy Medical Center, to save the project.

"That's the most satisfying part of it," said Community Health Care CEO Tom Bowman.  "They saw the value and service that we could provide the community."

That makes this 11,000 square foot clinic even more timely.

It promises care on a sliding scale for low-income and uninsured patients.

Dr. Jonathan Turner will direct the dental portion.

He thinks their past success in Iowa and Illinois will be a welcoming presence in Clinton.

"I hope they realize that we're here to help," he said.  "Our doors are open to anybody and everybody."

The new facility represents a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

"It shows that they're really concerned," Hammond said.  "Hopefully, some people are going to be able to utilize this."

The clinic will attract patients from Iowa and Illinois when it opens in coming days.

"If you need help, we're here," Dr. Turner concluded.

They're clearing  a hurdle to provide affordable medical care in Clinton.

For more information, call (563) 336-3000.


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