Health Clinic arriving in Arlington

ARLINGTON - A new health center - Battenkill Valley Health Center - is coming to Arlington.

The Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service recently donated $50,000 to the clinic and will be presenting a $25,000 matching grant to them soon.

The Arlington Community Public Health Nursing Service was approached in May by Mary Ann Carlson, Chairman of the Board of the Battenkill Valley Health Center, regarding a possible donation to the clinic and received enthusiastic and unanimous support from the 30 member board comprised of volunteer members of the community. The Health Centers request spoke directly to the Nursing Services Mission Statement: "promoting and improving the health of individuals and families in the Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate areas."

Bennington County was the only county in Vermont that did not have a Federally Qualified Health Clinic until The Battenkill Valley Health Center applied and were recently accepted. By receiving funds from the federal government at an increased reimbursement rate, the clinic will provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to people of all ages regardless of where they came from, their ability to pay or their health insurance status. Fundraising for costs incurred during the transition continues as there is much to be done. The Arlington Family Practice building on 7A in Arlington Center must be renovated for the clinic and staff must be hired awaiting the federal funding.

Established in 1946, the Arlington Nursing Service is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Although they no longer provide direct care, through memorial contributions, donations and fundraising, they provide the funds for many services to the communities which include: A contract with Manchester Health Service to provide Home Health Care to citizens in need, individual financial assistance by request for special medical or dental needs, the funds for the dental clinics at the Arlington and Sunderland schools (a hygienist provides education) screening and teeth cleaning, hearing and vision equipment for testing in the schools, four scholarships for four years for studentspursuing health related fields, and monetary support for various other community projects.

The lead physician at the clinic will be Dr Michael Welther.

For more information about how to help or participate in any way, call Carlson.


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