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Lower Shore Clinic Debuts in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- A little less worry perhaps for those who need medical help and cannot afford it. The Lower Shore Clinic officially opened its doors this week in Salisbury.

The clinic is an extension of Go-Getters, which is a long time organization that has helped people deal with mental illness.

Some employees at the clinic told WBOC that not only will the new facility treat mental illness but also provide primary care. They said it is mostly thanks to several grants that allowed the formation, expansion and renovation for the fully integrated health center.

"People with serious and persistent mental illness tend to die 25 years younger than the rest of us statistically," said Tuesday Trott, who is the clinic's administrator. "So we are hoping to combat that locally by offering care under one avenue."

Trott said that a rural area like the Lower Shore region has such needs, but she said that there are not enough providers or psychiatrists to serve those needs.

"We have seen an influx and almost double of our primary care consumers who don't have a mental health diagnosis," Trott said.

Trott said that a large part of that influx comes from the recent shutting down of the Village of Hope.

James Fineran who is the interim executive director of the former clinic said that the clinic was around for more than 20 years but eventually expenses caught up.

"As the medical business gets bigger and more complicated all the time, it kind of outstripped our ability to meet out financial needs to keep the doors open," said Fineran.

Candi Klopp, who is a nurse practitioner with Lower Shore and a former employee of the Village of Hope, said that she could not imagine not being able to serve a community that she is so familiar with. 
  
"I like to treat the patient not the number," Klopp said. "I want to hear how are you reacting to this? Let's talk about this. With this kind of a clinic I can bring them back as often as I need to."

It's because of that attitude that her long time patient Joan Cuffee followed Klopp to the new clinic.

"For me it's security," Cuffee said. "It's hard to get certain people to back you up in whatever you need and it's hard to accept certain people to be there for you but she makes it easy."

Trott said that there could be some other expansion plans in the future. She said one of them for sure includes an on-site pharmacy set to open at the end of this year in Wicomico County. 

 

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