Uninsured Fulton County families have a new place to turn for all of their health and wellness needs, from dental to medical care to lessons on healthy eating.
The newly renovated Oak Hill Child, Adolescent and Family Center officially opened Thursday at 2805 Metropolitan Pkwy. in southwest Atlanta.
The facility caters to families who may have thought they were out of luck when it came to healthcare.
"Fulton County citizens who don't have any insurance, who don't have an ability to pay for services will be served, and we will work with them on fees based on a sliding fee scale," said Dr. Patrice Harris, director of the facility. "So we certainly don't turn away Fulton County residents because of the inability to pay."
Available services include a "teaching kitchen" designed to teach families about healthy eating and tackle the childhood obesity epidemic, a full-service dental clinic, medical clinic, walking trail, physical therapy center and daycare center for siblings of patients.
Harris said the facility was built partially with federal stimulus funds. No new Fulton County funds were used. Instead, the county made the most of the budget it had.
"We got out of leased space, we even reduced some staff," said Harris. "We increased some efficiencies, reduced some redundancies and were able to seek out $5.5 million in funds in already existing budget, so we didn't ask for any more funds."
Fulton County residents may come to the facility on a walk-in basis, although appointments are encouraged. Patients may call 404-612-4111 for an appointment.
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