Grant could lead to new health dept location in Havelock

HAVELOCK, N.C. (WNCT) – The City of Havelock could be the new site for a county health department satellite office, according to Director Scott Harrelson.

Harrelson told WNCT that Craven County commissioners approved submitting an application to secure a federal grant that would cover the costs of the office. It would be for $650,000 a year.

Harrleson said there is a growing need to serve residents of Havelock, especially military families. He estimated 250 to 300 WIC recipients travel to Morehead City for benefits instead of going to New Bern. The county WIC program would move to the new clinic.

Around 3,000 patients could be seen at the new clinic by the end of its second year. It would offer a lower cost option for primary care, child health care, physicals and more.

The application is expected to be submitted by mid-July. It could be approved in January 2017 and then the county would have four months to make the Havelock office operational.

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