Free health clinic re-opening in D'Iberville

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The D'Iberville Free Clinic is closed for now but not much longer. At the end of the month, it will re-open under a new name and new management as the Bethesda Free Health Clinic.

Dr. Francis Selman, who volunteered at the old clinic, will volunteer again but this time, as the clinic's director.

"We will see anywhere between 12 to 16 patients a day, about 80 percent of those will be new patients," Selman said.

The council approved a month-to-month, one year lease for the clinic for just a dollar a month.  The mayor is a strong supporter of the clinic.  He sees it as a vital part of the changing health-care landscape.

"This is a way the community can come together.  By donations from everybody in the community, including some of the hospitals and medical facilities on the coast donating to clinics like this, it helps them cut down on seeing so many people uninsured," said D'Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave.

Bethesda is a biblical reference to the Pool of Bethesda, known as a place of healing.  As the only on-site doctor at the clinic, Dr. Selman is looking for some volunteers with the skills to help heal the hurting in the community.

"My intent is to go to the hospitals and hope they'll permit me to be on their agenda for their medical staff meeting and appeal to physicians there on staff to volunteer," said Selman.

With the triple whammy of Hurricane Katrina, the economy and the oil spill, the clinic offers the healing help some might otherwise go without.

You can call D'Iberville City Hall at (228) 392-7966 to find out how you can help with the clinic.

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