Franklin County will soon have a brand new Free Clinic/Bernard Healthcare Center at Schewels Plaza in Rocky Mount.
Monday, December 30, 2013
The new Bernard Healthcare Center (formerly Free Clinic of Franklin County) is under construction in the Franklin Plaza on Route 40 West.
Before construction could begin, Rocky Mount Town Council had to approve a waiver in its subdivision ordinance to create a new lot for the new Bernard Healthcare Center in the Franklin Plaza.
The new lot is between Family Pharmacy and Dr. Charles Burt's dental office in the shopping center.
The new free clinic will replace the clinic on South Main Street, which the clinic has outgrown.
Dr. Jennifer Braaten, president of Ferrum College, spoke earlier at council's public hearing on behalf of a donor who gifted $1 million for the new healthcare center. She informed council that the donor stipulated that the gift was for one year. If significant progress hadn't been made on the project in that time frame, then the gift would be withdrawn.