Local health center loses funding, set to close - KMOV.com

Local health center loses funding, set to close

(KMOV) -- Hundreds of patients in Jefferson County are losing the only health care they have. 

At the Great Mines Health Center in DeSoto, empty examining rooms are becoming the norm and are a grim reminder of the weak economy.

The center opened with a mixture of grand money and state and federal funding.  The grant money is running out, along with other sources.  With the weak economy, there are not enough insured patients in Southern Jefferson County to offset the cost of the uninsured.

Great Mines patients are getting letters telling them they only have 3 weeks to find new health care.

The operators of Great Mines say they will keep trying to find additional funding, but are unsure if it will come in time for hundreds of patients.

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