Kennesaw State closes health care clinic

Kennesaw State University will close on Friday a health care clinic that served Cobb County residents and provided hands-on lessons for nursing and social work students.

President Daniel S. Papp said it is no longer financially feasible for the WellStar College of Health and Human Services to run the KSU Clinic at MUST Ministries.

The clinic has been open for more than 15 years and had nearly 4,000 patient contacts last year.

“I am sorry that we must take this action,” Papp said in a statement.

It costs about $200,000 a year to run the clinic, Dean Richard Sowell said. The college relied on endowment funds, grants and donations.

“As state money cannot be used to run the clinic, we simply no longer have the means to do so,” he said.

The clinic provided office visits, phone consultations and prescription refills to the under-insured and uninsured.

Clinic staff are working with patients to find other health care options. MUST Ministries President Ike Reighard said they are looking to find a new partner and are “in talks” with other groups.

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