FRAKES, Ky. (WYMT) - A new clinic in Bell County aims to improve healthcare for the Frakes area.
People say the doctor's office in Frakes closed nearly a decade ago leaving them with a long drive for medical care, but now that is changing. Pineville Community Hospital opened a new Frakes Clinic.
William S. Partin said after the doctor's office closed nearly a decade ago, going to the doctor was a trip from his home in Frakes.
"It's 18 miles to Pineville, and that's the closest I could go," Partin said.
Pineville Community Hospital and Henderson Settlement partnered and opened the Frakes Clinic on Tuesday.
"We believe there are a lot of folks because of the distance are unable to get into town easily and this will be much more convenient for them to drop in and do minor healthcare," said Mark Lemons, Henderson Settlement Executive Director.
"We're just glad to provide the service. That's our mission is to take care of folks. This is a very troubled time in healthcare and I think this will go a long way to help these people and that's what we want to do," said Milton Brooks, Pineville Community Hospital CEO.
Medical officials believe opening the clinic in Frakes will help the estimated two thousand people who live in that part of Bell County.
A nurse practitioner will provide primary care, women's health, and pediatrics.
"I think it's an area of need. The people I've talked to so far have been excited of seeing it open again," said Marilyn Osborne, APRN.
"I'm really thankful. I believe it will be an asset to our community," said Partin.
People started making appointments as soon as the doors opened.
The Frakes Clinic is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00am - 4:30pm. Pineville hospital officials say they hope to expand in the future.
To make an appointment, the phone number is 606-337-3781. Walk-ins are also welcome.