New, expanded KSU Community Health Clinic at MUST Ministries opens

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for KSU Community Health Clinic at MUST Ministries

Partnership between university and faith-based organization continues providing those in need with access to vital health care services

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 20, 2010) Fourteen months ago, Blaine McIntosh walked out of jail homeless, jobless and penniless. Today, the marketing manager of A Plus Contracting Roofing and Restoration shared his story at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new and expanded KSU Community Health Clinic at MUST Ministries.

 “After I got out of jail, I came to MUST, entered the shelter and went to the clinic,” he said. “I received medication prescriptions, nutritional health counseling and follow-up testing.

“Today, by the grace of God, the discipline of AA, the love and charity of MUST Ministries, and the hard work and dedication of the clinic staff, I am a changed human being – employed, 30 pounds lighter, all vital signs are normal, diabetes in remission and almost two years of sobriety.”

After 15 years of serving patients in a tiny, single-wide trailer that was held together “with chewing gum and chicken wire,” the KSU Community Health Clinic at MUST Ministries has a new home, which boasts a waiting room, six treatment rooms, a doctor’s office and two counseling rooms. The expanded facility will allow the WellStar College of Health and Human Services to substantially increase its capacity for patient treatment. The clinic provides office visits, phone consultations and prescription refills to the under-insured, as well as the uninsured.

“Sometimes we didn’t have heat; sometimes we didn’t have air; and sometimes little friends came to visit us (at the trailer),” said KSU assistant nursing professor and clinic nurse manager Donna Chambers. “This is truly a special occasion marking a great partnership.”

The new clinic gives MUST Ministries’ clients improved access to health care services and provides KSU nursing and social work students with hands-on experience. The KSU Community Health Clinic at MUST Ministries is one of the only community-based, nurse-managed clinics in the state.

“This clinic offers an opportunity for our students to get an even better education,” WellStar College of Health and Human Services Dean Richard Sowell said.

- Jennifer Hafer