Candids from reception at what will be the new home of the Ohio Valley Health Center

-- Janice Kiaski

A reception held July 20 at the former Neighborhood House Day Care Center at 423 South St., Steubenville, brought the announcement of a three-year, $1 million capital expansion project for the Ohio Valley Health Center that includes money to renovate what will be its new home there as soon as early 2018. “Building Health & Hope: A Capital Expansion Project” has three distinct phases — first to renovate the former daycare center into the health center; secondly, to expand the current onsite pharmacy to become a charitable pharmacy serving those who are within 200 percent of the federal poverty level and uninsured; and thirdly, a collaboration with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide dental services to its patients, a goal in its infancy, according to Trudy Wilson, the center’s executive director, right, shown with Francesca Carinci, board president.The center purchased the former day care building in April and until renovations are completed will continue to operate out of the Ross Park Professional Building of Trinity Medical Center East, 380 Summit Ave., Steubenville, where it is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. It has been there some three years, having moved from its original location at 701 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, after roof issues necessitated a move. Raising $1 million for the capital program expansion project will take place over three years. Financial donations can be made any time, or pledges can be made now and paid over three years. Financial gifts may be designated for bricks and mortar (renovation of the new building), program expansion or unrestricted gifts. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible, within IRS guidelines. For information, contact Wilson by phone at (740) 283-2856 or by e-mail trudyw@ovhealthcenter.org. Information regarding giving levels, designated giving areas and donor recognition opportunities is available at www.OVHealthCenter.org.

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