Cape St. George resident Linda Chaisson says the town’s new medical clinic is great to have and really needed.
“It’s beautiful, in a good location with lots of parking,” she said of the clinic, located at the former location of Kay’s Restaurant.
An open house and grand opening was held at the clinic Friday morning.
Chaisson said the clinic has a very nice staff and she especially likes the fact that it’s open every weekday, alternate Saturdays and alternate Tuesday evenings.
Nadine Tallack, a primary care paramedic in Cape St. George, likes the design of the building, especially in relation to security aspects and its spaciousness. The building has two examinations rooms, a doctor’s office and a confidential registration room.
Tallack noted the clinic space is secured from the waiting area, an upgrade from the former clinic, which was basically a renovated house.
“The old clinic was like going into someone’s house,” said Shirley Rouzes, another Cape St. George resident. “This is great and a lot of people are choosing to come here rather than to (Stephenville).”
Rouzes said the health of residents can now be taken care of by the same doctor.
The doors to the new building, which is leased by Western Health from Whitestone Group Inc. of Stephenville, actually opened to the public on Oct. 17, 2013. Prior to that, the clinic was housed in the former Our Lady of the Cape pastoral house for a year.
Mayor Peter Fenwick of Cape St. George said the first clinic in the town was housed in the basement of Our Lady of the Cape Convent, which is now being looked at for a recreation complex that includes plans for an indoor trail and indoor heated swimming pool.
“This (clinic) will be a more preventative health care facility when completed,” Fenwick said.
Other features that exist in the new building include wheelchair accessibility and an emergency exit. Staff at the clinic include: Dr. Greg Mercer, Lori Chaffey, nurse practitioner; Tracy Curnew, public health nurse and Charlene Jesso, receptionist.