Abilene City Council approves funding for new health clinic

New health center planned for north Abilene

ABILENE, Texas - Abilene City Council has approved spending money to renovate the Shelton Street Boys and Girls Club to make it into a public health clinic.

Council held that vote at Thursday morning's meeting at City Hall.  Almost $500,000 from the city's general fund will be used to renovate the building, while operating costs will be covered by a state grant.

The clinic will be the first of its kind to serve low income men, women and children in the area.

Derrick Leonard Neal, the director of Abilene-Taylor County Public Health District, believes the location of the clinic will be perfect.

"We are really going to be right in the heart of the neighborhood where those services need to be delivered," Neal said. "... So we are very excited to be in that particular location."

Currently the building houses a gymnasium and a few offices -- not much space for medical equipment and patient rooms.

Neal wants to renovate and redo the inside of the facility.

"The redesign of the facility is focused on being able to accommodate clinical operations," Neal said.

Once the clinic opens co-pay will be $10 for all patients. However, there are income restrictions patients must meet in order to receive care at the new clinic.

Here are the income guidelines for the new health clinic:

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