PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Coastal Family Health's new home is a spacious brick building on Davis Avenue. Brenda Breland remembers what a visit was like before the move. At one point, she was visiting the old mobile unit multiple times a week to treat her high blood pressure.
"I was actually in a little-bitty trailer in a little-bitty room, but now it's in a big nice room. I know they'll be able to do more things... It's awesome," said Breland.
The new clinic has four patient rooms and amenities like an in-house lab. There's also a board-certified nurse practitioner and nurse on staff.
The CEO of Coastal Family Health Angel Greer said, overall, the new clinic will offer patients a more comfortable experience.
"They'll have a great new facility that will be more welcoming and comfortable during their examination. They will not have to wait in their cars or outside of the mobile unit," Greer said.
The clinic won't just serve people in Pass Christian. It will also offer patients, like Breland, who live in surrounding areas, affordable access to the health care.
Coastal Family Health officials said the city and county asked it to stay permanently. With Katrina, the economy and the oil spill, Greer said the need for low-cost health care continues to grow.
"There was no need for us to pull out of there. Not when the need was so great."
Pass Christian Alderman Anthony Hall said the feedback he's received from residents has been more than favorable.
"The word I'm getting is that they love it. It is convenient for them. The staff and the people here really treat them with great concern and care."
The community is invited to come and see the new Pass Christian facility this Friday during an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Coastal Family Health is also preparing to open its D'Iberville and Gulfport clinics next year.