PANAMA CITY - On Thursday, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome residents and health department officials to the new Village Health Center.
The clinic was built in two phases over the past three years with the help of a grant worth more than one million dollars.
It has a check in and financial eligibility area as well as four clinic exam rooms. The clinic is designed to help people with conditions like a cough or cold instead of going to the emergency room.
"That is an issue that both of our hospitals over the last few years and we think the village health center has made a huge difference," said Assistant County Health Department Director, Sandon Speedling.
"It's definitely made an impact for the good of being able to have that service available where individuals don't necessarily have to go to the emergency room for primary care. They can come here."
The clinic's hours right now are from 1 P.M. to 9 P.M. They will expand hours later this month from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.