The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


May 22, 2007


‘Very exciting for Princeville’

PRINCEVILLE — Monday was repeatedly referred to as a good day with the grand opening of Freedom Hill Community Health Center.

"This is very exciting for the town of Princeville," said Princeville Mayor Delia Perkins. "I am elated to have this caliber facility come to our town. This is a plus for our community to make sure they get the quality care for the people here. We're really excited."

More than 75 people came out Monday afternoon for the grand opening of the Freedom Hill Community Health Center.

"We hope that you will use it and it will be a blessing to the entire county," Perkins said.

The new center, at 162 N.C. 33 East, is housed on 9,250 square feet of what was once farmland and contains 10 medical treatment rooms with lab and pharmacy services, four dental operatories, a dental lab and two consultation rooms.

The center was made possible by several financial backers including a $2.1 million USDA Rural Development low interest loan, a $75,000 grant from the N.C. Office of Rural Health, a $50,000 state Rural Center grant and a $25,000 contribution by Carolina Family Health Centers Inc. of Wilson.

The center will use a sliding scale fee schedule to ensure that low and very low income residents have access to affordable services.

Dee Johnson, the executive director of Carolina Family Health Centers Inc., spearheaded the establishment of the Freedom Hill Community Health Center.

"This is truly our field of dreams," she said. "The realization of a dream doesn't happen in a vacuum. It takes desire, commitment and a lot of hard work by people who believed in the mission of the community health center."

Carolina Family Health Centers Inc. President A.P. Coleman gave opening remarks that ventured back to the day the ground was broken for the center a little over a year ago.

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