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Boydton health clinic to gain new tenant in PATHS
SoVaNow.com / December 14, 2012PATHS (Piedmont Access to Health Services Inc.) Executive Director Kay Crane told Members of the Boydton Town Council, Tuesday night, that the healthcare provider is expanding. They finalized negotiations with USDA to lease the space last occupied by Healthcare on the Square.
PATHS currently operates out of the building that once housed the medical practice of Willoughby Hundley at 969 Madison St. in Boydton. Willoughby is the brother of PATHS local physician Susan Hundley, M.D.
For now, Paths has “a year’s lease with a three year option, and a right of first refusal to purchase the site,” Crane said adding that, “We will be moving in one program at a time. We want to be smart about our growth.”
By the first of the year, Paths is reopening the fitness center in downtown Boydton. This spring, or earlier if Crane can arrange for the funding more quickly, Paths is bringing dentist David Eason back to Boydton. Eason is presently working out of the Paths’ facility in Danville.
Crane said, “Once we got Dr. Eason over in Danville it became obvious how great the demand was for more than just the medical facility. People are driving from Boydton to Danville for Dr. Eason.
While Crane would like to return Eason to Boydton by the first of the year, she said that is not financially feasible. PATHS needs additional grants or other financing to purchase some needed equipment for the office, including dental chairs. When asked what happened to the equipment, Eason said he believed it was sold to pay off debt obligations incurred by Healthcare on the Square.
Crane said, “The final piece, for now, is to move the medical center back into the downtown location.” The larger space will allow Paths to hire a second nurse practitioner to assist Dr. Susan Hundley. Crane said once the patient population could support a pharmacy, Paths would consider reopening the shuttered pharmacy.
Paths first opened its federally qualified medical facility in Boydton in April 2012 after Healthcare on the Square lost its federal funding.
The Boydton office was PATHS four site. Its other three health centers — in Danville, Martinsville, and Chatham — had been providing access to health care since 2001 and operating similar federally qualified community health centers since 2004 in Southside Virginia.
PATHS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide healthcare to all citizens in South Central Virginia regardless of their ability to pay. It started in 2001 as a coordinated system of volunteer healthcare for the uninsured, known as Project Access of the Dan River Region. In 2007, PATHS expanded the Health Center of the Piedmont Program to include a third service location in Chatham, and it added a Community Dental Clinic at its Danville facility in February 2010.
The centerpiece of PATHS’ mission statement is the belief that everyone has the right to quality health care, regardless of whether they are insured or uninsured. Crane said, as it continues to expand it will remain true to that belief.
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