Though a grant was initially denied to move the Free Clinic of Sheridan County into the current Sheridan County Public Health, both groups believe the move is important enough to resubmit an application for Community Block Grant Development funds.
The action was approved by the County Commissioners to be re-submitted to the Wyoming Business Council. Sheridan County Public Health Executive Director Melanie Kawulok says the combination of the two services in the same place has been discussed for some time. According to Kawoluk, the both entities have a problem getting people to follow through with primary care, prevention/screening services at Public Health after services are provided by the Free Clinic, a problem that she says worsened when Free Clinic was set up across from the hospital.
She says having the two in the same location makes it easier to get someone to follow through with multiple appointments.
The grant to move the Free Clinic was denied by the Business Council the first time, according to Free Clinic Executive Director Cathi Kindt, not because the business council did not like their plan but because the Free Clinic was not in immediate danger of being pushed out of their current location. Kindt said that because of continued expansion at Sheridan Memorial Hospital, they want to move the Free Clinic now before a situation comes up that limits space and takes away from their services.
If approved, the plan would renovate part of what's now used as a garage on the bottom floor, adding about 1,900 square feet of space to the three-story building on South Main Street.