Mayor Rick Osbon proclamation to Clyburn Center

Aiken Mayor Rick Osbon presents and reads a proclamation regarding National Health Center Week to Carolyn Emanuel-McClain, CEO or Rural Health Services, at the Clyburn Center for Primary Care on Tuesday. 

Health care centers across the country will celebrate National Health Care Center Week until Friday in recognition of all health care centers and their employees do.

"As CEO of Rural Health Services, we are pleased to celebrate Community Health Centers by participating in the National Community Health Center Week events," Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Emanuel-McClain said. "…It is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America's health centers over the past five decades."

Rural Health Services in Aiken and Beech Island will join in the celebrations. Rural Health facilities located at Clyburn Center for Primary Care, the Margaret J Weston Community Health Center, and Family Health Care on Darlington Drive will have events for their patients throughout the week.

The events include a child wellness day involving Aiken Public Safety demonstrations on car seat safety and bullying awareness. There will also be face-painting for kids. Podiatrists will provide free foot evaluations and nail cuttings. A hands-only CPR 101 class also will be taught. 

Thursday, patients of Rural Health Services can attend a school supplies giveaway and free haircuts from members of the Aiken School of Cosmetology.

Friday is designated patient and staff appreciation day. Patients and staff of Rural Health Services can enjoy a free lunch sponsored by Just Julie's and Jimmy John's. 

For more information, call Gail Diggs at 803-380-7113.

Want to attend an event? Here's the schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 15

Child Wellness Day: 9 to 11 a.m. at the Clyburn Center, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center

Free Foot Screenings: 9 to 11 a.m. at Family Health Care

Hands Only CPR: Noon to 2 p.m. at Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center

Thursday, Aug. 16

School Supplies Giveaway: 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Clyburn Center, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center

Free Haircuts: 10 a.m. to noon at Clyburn Center, 2 to 4 p.m. at Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center

Hands Only CPR: 2 to 4 p.m. at Family Health Care

Friday, Aug. 17

Patient and Staff Appreciation Day: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clyburn Center, Family Health Care and Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center.

Kristina Rackley is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard.