STEUBENVILLE - Officials with the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center formally accepted the donation of a former medical office building on North Fourth Street and have started planning a dental clinic and in-house pharmacy.
Ann Quillen, executive director of the health center, walked through the building following brief ceremonies Tuesday afternoon.
"This is major for us. We have become very tight in our current building. This donation will allow us to expand and add the dental clinic and pharmacy to our operations as well as expanding our medical facilities," Quillen said.
MAJOR DONATION — The Greek Orthodox Church Foundation has donated the former medical office building in Steubenville to the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center. Taking part in the donation ceremony on Tuesday were, from left, Leroy Sharpe of the health center’s building committee; Dr. Nick Terezis of the Greek Orthodox Church Foundation; Ann Quillen, executive director of the Health Center; Dr. Paul Mastros, former owner of the building; and Janet Sharpe of the health center’s board of directors. -Dave Gossett
"We have realized the need for a dental clinic for a long time. But we began seriously discussing how to set up a dental clinic for the past three years," said Quillen.
The health center offers medical services to uninsured Jefferson County residents.
"My practice was located in the building from 1974 until 1999. I donated the property to the Greek Orthodox Foundation and they in turn have donated the building to the health center. I am very pleased it has worked out for everyone," said Dr. Paul Mastros.
"We decided to donate the building to the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center because the community needs the health center and it was a natural fit with the existing clinic building located next door," remarked Dr. Nick Terezis, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church Foundation.
According to Quillen, "Dr. Thomas Brown had volunteered at a minority health month oral screening and found a number of patients were in need of dental care. He wanted to do something and has been enlisting assistance from other dentists as well as obtaining dental equipment.
"About that same time I was contacted by a trust foundation asking if I needed funding for a project. We asked for and received $20,000. We had also been pursuing the vacant medical building next to our offices and the Greek Church Foundation said they would donate the building to us," she noted
"We also applied for and received a $25,000 grant from the J.C. Williams Foundation that we will use to renovate the medical building. We are planning on building a walkway between our structure and the former medical building," Quillen said.
"We have received a very generous donation from a dental clinic in Meigs County that is closing. They are offering us a full complement of dental and radiology equipment as well as office furniture. We have to make arrangements to bring everything to Steubenville and place it in storage so we can go through it all and determine what we can use in the new dental clinic. This is a major contribution that will allow us to be ready to go once the building is completely renovated," said Brown.
Quillen said Tammy Gregory and Robin Flohr of Eastern Gateway Community College also will offer help from the school's dental assisting program.
"The students will be able to come here to assist us and the dentists and obtain experience," said Quillen.
"The pharmacy will be open full time and we will offer dental services Monday through Thursday and when a dentist is available to volunteer at the clinic. Our pharmacy is being made possible through the efforts of Dr. Mary Mihalyo and her students at Duquesne University and West Liberty University," she stated.
Quillen noted planners hope to open the new pharmacy and dental clinic late this year.