Patients, Community Members, and Staff,
It’s been over a week now since flooding devastated parts of WV, including the town of Clendenin where we have a health center. We had staff members and patients who lost their homes, their vehicles, and/or personal belongings in this devastating flood. It would be hard to find someone on our staff of over 130 who didn’t know someone impacted – family, friends, co-worker, etc.
This past week and for the coming weeks ahead our focus has been on the Clendenin Health Center, particularly what we can do as a health center to help the community. We were extremely fortunate that the health center did not take on water. For those of you that have not had the opportunity to visit, the health center is on the 2nd floor of the old Clendenin Middle School. During the flood, the entire first floor of the building was completely submerged and that’s where all of the electrical panels, water system, elevator machine room, fire alarm system for the entire building was located, this is what makes the reopening of the health center difficult.
The Monday immediately after the flooding Clendenin providers saw patients at the Kanawha City and Sissonville Health Centers. Staff members not impacted by the flooding worked in the basement of Kanawha City but it became quite clear mid-morning on Monday, that everyone was ready to get back to town to assist the patients and the community in any way they could.
That Tuesday, while not in the current space, the Clendenin Health Center was operational again in two locations – tents were set up in the parking lot beside the health center and in the parking lot across from the Dollar General in town. Services provided by the team included Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccinations, prescribing for medications lost in the flood and for people who needed refills, urgent medical care, behavioral health services, and home visits. Staff members pulled on their muck boots and came to work on Tuesday in pop-up tents.
The job of providing care in the field became a little easier on Wednesday when CCHS was able to borrow FamilyCare’s mobile medical unit. This mobile unit, that includes one exam room, is now parked beside of the health center.
At the end of the day Friday, after a very tiring week, the Clendenin Health Center staff had provided 1,437 Tdap vaccinations, conducted numerous team (nursing, behavioral health, medical) home visits, assisted patients who had lost their prescriptions in the flood with new medications, sutured wounds and treated other clean up injuries. Staff members were there when the community needed them most.
Pharmacy operations will be restored on Monday, July 11th. Clendenin prescriptions can continue to be filled at the Kanawha City Pharmacy until that time. Medical providers are working in the RV located beside of the health center and also are seeing patients at the Kanawha City and Sissonville Health Centers. Please call the health center at (304) 548-7272 if you have any questions.
The Clendenin Health Center will continue serving the community during its time of need and for many years to come. We look forward to being fully operational in our building in the next couple of weeks. Please check the website or follow us on Twitter @CabinCrkHealth for updates.