Ribbon cutting for Hattiesburg medical clinic

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the opening of the new medical office for Hattiesburg city workers on Tuesday.

Dozens of city officials gathered for the ribbon cutting on West Fourth Street.

The clinic is for city employees, immediate family members of workers and city of Hattiesburg retirees.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said, "They have the opportunity to come here without a co-pay; to come here and get their meds and to come here and be able to be treated. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to get ahead to get ahead of the curb. We're talking about preventative medicine, you know, taking those things that we have to do to be healthier."

The health clinic will be staffed with a nurse practitioner, medical technician and receptionist.

It includes two examine rooms, a triage room, and a lab.

City employees will not have a co-payment when visiting the clinic and will get all necessary medicine at cost.

City officials hope this will create a domino effect by allowing for more visits with fewer costs for their employees and eventually fewer days taken off work due to health problems.