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Little River Medical Center celebrates National Community Health Center Week

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) – It’s National Community Health Center Week, a time to celebrate the role health centers play in communities. Not only does Little River Medical Center serve more than 28,000 people in a year it is seeing growth in its patients, which is why it's expanding to Carolina Forest.

The newest location for Little River Medical Center is Carolina Exchange Dr., across from the Carolina Forest Performing Arts Academy and just around the corner from the post office.

This new office will house both medical and dental services for adults and children. The more than 1,600 square foot building will be three stories to separate its offerings.

This site will be an addition to one in Little River, Loris, one on Holmestown Road on the South End, and one on 79th Avenue in Myrtle Beach.

Little River Medical Center has seen a steady climb of growth for a number of years. Since 90-percent of patients treated come from Horry County, they wanted to expand to another location in the area, picking Carolina Forest, seemed like a no-brainer.

“Currently we’re already serving almost 2,000 individuals from that zip code alone,” Director of Community Development Celeste Bondurant-Bell said.

Crews broke ground in December and are well on their way to this site opening it's doors. Signs in the area show this location will open in September but Bondurant-Bell said there have been slight delays due to weather, so the center should open by November.

National Community Health Center Week

Each year the center takes part in National Community Health Center Week. It's a time to bring awareness to health centers and celebrate the role they play in our community.

Community Health Centers also serve veterans, seasonal workers, migrant farm workers, homeless, unemployed, low income, and other people who may not have healthcare at their fingertips.

They’re not just about providing health care but connecting people to other necessary items, for example, resources to pay power bills, affordable medications, or maybe even as simple as transportation to get medical care.

This week is another chance to make sure that quality care is accessible and affordable for all, which organizers say can make a difference for everyone.

“With availability of community health centers were able to keep people out of the emergency rooms for unnecessary visits, and it overall helps reduce the cost of healthcare for everyone,” Bondurant-Bell said.

The rest of the week, Little River Medical Center will be hosting special events for the groups they serve, including free medical and dental screenings.

They kicked off their events Monday with tours of Little River Medical Center. They’ve also been going out to housing developments to hand out care packages. Wednesday, they’ll be handing them out to the homeless.

There will be free health and dental screenings for migrant/seasonal farm workers, Thursday.

Saturday, there will be free screenings offered for everyone in attendance at “A Day of Hope Health Fair." It will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA in Myrtle Beach.

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