Even as a newcomer to the Community Clinic last June, Stephanie Brady saw at least one thing that was familiar to her. She recognized the furniture.
Donated from the former St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Brady saw the same furnishings from years before when she worked as a “candy striper” at the hospital.
One of two grants the Joplin clinic, which provides medical and dental care for uninsured people, has received since Brady took over as its executive director recently helped upgrade that decades-old furniture.
“It served us very well, but it was time for something new, updated, cleaner,” Brady said. “What we have now is hospital-grade, clean, very nice furniture for our patients.”
The new furniture is a small piece of a major remodel and room dedication showcased at an open house Friday at the Community Clinic. The clinic, 701 S. Joplin Ave., officially completed a significant remodel with approximately $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the city of Joplin in January, Brady said.
The Community Clinic also dedicated its nurses’ discharge room in honor of Doris Carson, a nurse practitioner who died last month after a career in health care that spanned more than 50 years. Carson volunteered at the clinic before creating the family planning program at Economic Security…