Lee health clinic to open next month

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 14, 2013, at 9:55 a.m.

LEE, Maine — With construction almost complete, Health Access Network will likely move into its new $500,000 Lee-area health clinic by mid-October, officials say.

Builders were installing a walk-in ramp, overhead lighting and flooring to a building that Nichols Construction Co. LLC Superintendent Terry Sullivan said was about 90 percent built.

“We’re looking at completing it on Oct. 15,” Sullivan said Thursday. “We are really just doing a lot of finishing work at this point.”

The building site is on Route 168, which is also known as Winn Road, opposite the campus administrative office and adjacent to the Lee town office, where a temporary clinic has been operating for more than a year.

A physician assistant, mental health therapist, hygienist and school receptionist will staff the building when it is complete, school officials have said. Besides Lee Academy students and staff, residents from Lee, Winn, Springfield — anyone who uses the Health Access offices in Lincoln — can be treated in the clinic.

Health Access Network is a federally funded community health center located on West Broadway in Lincoln which handles 13,000 patients or 50,000 visits annually. It also has a satellite site in Enfield.

Announced originally in June 2012 and set for completion in September 2012, the clinic’s construction was delayed when RSU 67 officials, who were sharing the federal Department of Health and Human Services grant that was to pay for construction, dropped out of the deal in October.

Cabinets, finished ceilings, and some electrical wiring remain to be installed. Landscaping and parking-lot paving will be done next week, Sullivan said.

Health Access Network Chief Executive Officer Bill Diggins could not be reached for comment on Friday.

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