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Children’s Clinic’s administrative team moves off-site

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The North Country Children’s Clinic administrative team has moved out of its former office space at 238 Arsenal St. to make room for an expansion of the adult medical clinic.

Marketing Director Elaine P. Garvey said the agency’s finance, billing, personnel, corporate compliance and development workers are now in a satellite office at 210 Court St. She and the dental director may move there soon, but interim Executive Director Janice L. Charles will remain at the main Arsenal Street site.

“We started moving some people over there a week and a half ago,” Mrs. Garvey said. “We’re not using the address, and the phone number will still be 782-9450.”

This is at least the second shuffling of office space since the agency received a $650,000 grant last year to become a federally qualified health center. Shared staff office space still didn’t make enough room for the budding adult medical clinic.

Since the relocation of some staff, the agency was able to move adult medical clinic psychologist William Kimball into his own office since he’s now working there full time. Specific offices for adult medical clinic staff have been created, and there may be minimal construction for the possible addition of exam rooms. Mary Beth Knowlton, a registered dietician who also runs the four-county federal Women, Infants and Children federal supplemental feeding program, will spend more time at the adult medical clinic providing nutrition counseling.

“We’re still trying to organize the space,” Mrs. Garvey said. “We’re trying to make do as best as we can. We absolutely need more exam rooms, but regulations for exam rooms are stringent so we can’t just open an exam room in an office. It’s an ongoing process.”

She said the adult medical clinic continues to see a high number of patients, and now averages 55 visits per week. Because the adult medical clinic continues to pick up speed, it is now open from 8 to 11 a.m. on the first and fourth Saturday of each month. It also is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Wednesdays it’s open until 7 p.m.

The Children’s Clinic still awaits approval to change its name to reflect serving both children and adults. That process is tied up with the state Department of Health’s Public Health Planning Council, which has had the request since December.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Garvey said, the agency’s executive director search committee “has made excellent progress and will be interviewing finalists over the next two weeks.” Mrs. Charles, an agency cofounder, will remain on board as the interim leader until a new permanent director is hired.

For more information, visit the clinic website, www.childrens-clinic.org.

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