A new health clinic operated by Clemson University’s Joseph L. Sullivan Center health facility should before long find a home in the old county health department building. The County Council on Tuesday approved spending up to $110,000 to refurbish and renovate the building at 200 Booker Drive in Walhalla, which will then be leased to the Sullivan Center. The clinic the Sullivan Center would establish would be open five days a week and would not be county-affiliated, according to county officials. Under a new initiative, the Sullivan Center has already launched a new community health clinic pilot project in Salem using a mobile clinic and has plans for one serving Westminster. Councilmember Wayne McCall, an advocate of the project, has said the clinic is needed to fill a need for those who find themselves without health insurance. That includes, according to McCall, some county retirees, law enforcement and otherwise, who find themselves in a gap without coverage when they retire at an age still too young to qualify for retiree health insurance or Medicare.
February 19, 2020 Dick Mangrum