Walton County Health Department Expands Services

Until now, people living in Mossy Head and Paxton had to drive a long way to see a doctor.

But this week Walton County Health Department officials took steps to change that.

They've opened community healthcare clinics in both towns.

"Several of the patients we have in the area are on Medicaid, and Alabama was not excepting Medicaid anymore,” said Holly Holt, Administrator for the Department of Health of Walton County. “This just made it a greater need for people to have healthcare right in this area."

The money for the facilities came from the State Legislature.

"There was some LIP funding that was provided, which is low income pool monies coming down, and our county commissioners in Walton were very happy about partnering with those monies and the city of Paxton ,” said Holt.

Each facility has a few exam rooms, a lab room and a nurse and physician on staff all day.

Doctor Gregory Turner is assigned to the Paxton clinic.

He says residents will really appreciate the facilities.

"I am excited to see how it goes, I think the need is here, and it saves people a lot of time and effort to travel before to get health care,” said Doctor Turner. “Especially with things like specialists with cardiologists, diabetics, and routine lab work will be able to be done here as well."

For now, the Mossy Head facility will be open Monday's and Friday's, and the Paxton facility will be open Tuesday's and Thursday's.

County officials will hold ribbon cutting ceremonies at both clinics early next week.

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