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Nurse Offers Alternative Health Care

Nurse Offers Alternative Health Care

The Brunswick News

December 08, 2009

Dec. 8—Cathy Slay-Chipp understands the state of the nation’s health care system.

As a registered nurse who operates the nonprofit Perry Park Clinic at 2211 Bartow St., Brunswick, she treats financially strapped and uninsured clients. Her goal is to offer the best care possible at affordable prices.

“We’ve been open since June 2007, and basically our goal is to provide primary care for people who do not have insurance,” she said. “It is an alternative for going to the emergency room.”

The clinic, which is not affiliated with the Glynn County Health Department, drew the interest of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-1, Monday. He toured the facility with members of his staff.

Kingston, who is opposed to the national health care legislation supported by President Barack Obama, listened as Slay-Chipp explained the services she and her staff provide. She also explained how more nurse-managed facilities could help the public.

“I just commented on what I’ve seen,” she said. “I said that we need alternative health care, and we need it now. It’s gotten progressively worse.”

Kingston seemed to appreciate the services the clinic offered.

“There are a lot of areas that we should target for (health care) reform, and certainly this could be part of the solution,” he said during the tour.

Slay-Chipp said it is important for the clinic to be the first point of contact for patients. That’s why she is glad the facility is located near those who need it most.

“There are five housing developments here,” she said. “And there is really no red tape. People don’t have to do a whole lot to be seen here. They just have to pay the small fee, and we take care of them.”

Slay-Chipp, who sees a multitude of patients, works directly with a physician, Dr. Olugbenga Awe, who assists her with prescribing medication and making health recommendations.

She has been listening to both sides of the health care debate since the election of Obama.

Slay-Chipp has worked to increase visibility within the community and has attended various health care town hall meetings in Brunswick.

“During the summer, I went to a town hall meeting at the college and I gave a comment briefly since I have dealt with the underprivileged population most of my career,” she said.

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