OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - One of the Coast's only free health clinics is getting a big upgrade. The Bethesda Free Clinic is now up and running at its new location.
The move wasn't very far, but for the clinic's director, plenty of hands were involved.
"We only missed two full days of service through the whole move," said clinic director Mary Buffington.
According to Buffington, the two days of down time is a testament to her hard working staff and volunteers. Because of the work they put in, the clinic is now operational in its new facility less than 100 yards from where it started in a double-wide trailer more than five years ago.
The double-wide only had two small exam rooms.
"Now we have three exam rooms and a dental office set up with the potential of another exam room," said Buffington.
The old health department building was a perfect fit for the clinic. Now, Buffington says her clients are thrilled with the clinic's new home.
Nathan Carll said, "I think it's pretty nice for the people to come and have somewhere to feel comfortable."
And it's not just the clients singing the praises of the move. Doctors who serve the patients are overjoyed to be in a new space.
"They're loving it. They actually have an exam room with cabinets and desks and chairs," said Buffington.
It's giving them the extra room they need to perform exams in the most efficient and helpful way possible.
"We've got probably twice as much room as we had. The facility itself is much better than the double-wide trailer," said Dr. Ronald Krueger.
Both staff and patients say they look forward to what the future may bring for the organization in the facility.
The clinic is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year Thursday night, the second annual Fabulous Fall Fashion Show at the Island View Beach Tower from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To buy tickets, or for more information, call 228-818-9191, or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1093550847385598/.