MOUNT VERNON — The decision to terminate physician-based services in the medical clinic at the Knox County Health Department was made when the Knox County Board of Health met for its monthly meeting Wednesday evening at the health department. The medical clinic will close Dec. 20.
“It’s a tough decision. It’s unfortunate but necessary based on the fiscal situation of this department,” said board member Jeff Harmer as he made the motion to terminate medical clinic services as well as the contract of medical director Deborah Cowden. “We can always reassess and look into this further.”
“It’s a fiscal decision. The general health fund has been subsidizing the clinic over the last several months,” explained health commissioner Julie Miller. “It’s not unusual to subsidize programs if need be, but it’s the amount of what we were subsidizing and what that money could be used for in public health programming. Our budget is so tight, and the numbers of patients seen in the clinic weren’t where they need to be.”
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