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Health clinic asks community for help

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - A non-profit health clinic is asking the community for help as it tries to stay in good fiscal shape.

The seats in the waiting room were empty Wednesday at the DeSoto Health and Wellness Center.  Board President Billie Wilhite said that's not because there isn't a need for medical care or enough patients to serve, but because the clinic doesn't have enough staff.

"We're in a transition period again," Wilhite said. "We need to hire another nurse practitioner or a physician. We are ready to go to the next level as far as medical care."

According to Wilhite, there is the high number of people in DeSoto County who are in serious need of medical care, including an estimated 40,000 she says are uninsured.

To make sure the clinic can meet the needs of those people, she is reaching out for help.

"This was an idea that came to me, that if we could find 3,000 people in DeSoto County who would contribute a $100 a year to the center, we could meet our budget every year," she said.

By doing this, the clinic could see patients more than the one day a week they do currently, hire additional staff, and reduce the cost to patients.

Willie said the clinic saw almost 4,000 people last year, and they are actively looking for a nurse practitioner.

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