Rural Health Services celebrating National Health Center Week 1

Rural Health Services is celebrating National Health Center Week at the William Clyburn Center for Primary Care, pictured, and its other facilities.

Rural Health Services is celebrating National Health Center Week with a series of special events for its patients at its facilities.

“This is an opportunity for us to highlight some of our services, but it’s also an opportunity to give back to our patients by providing different events that are going to benefit them,” said Aiken City Council member Gail Diggs, who is Rural Health Services’ director of outreach and community services.

On Monday, there will be resource fairs with representatives from various nonprofits setting up displays at the William Clyburn Center for Primary Care and the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Center.

Both fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon.

On Tuesday, representatives of Gerideau’s Massage & Body Work will be providing chair massages from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clyburn Center.

On Wednesday, Bonnie Fulghum of the Tri-Development Center of Aiken County will be conducting car seat safety clinics at the Clyburn Center from 10 a.m. to noon and the Weston Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Safe Kids Aiken County is sponsoring the clinics.

“Those who attend the classes will be able to get a brand new car seat for free,” Diggs said.

Also Tuesday and Wednesday, Medicaid patients who previously have been contacted will be able to get health screenings in Rural Health Services’ mobile unit, the Clyburn Community Health Express, which will be at the Clyburn Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We are trying to close some gaps in care to make sure these patients are as healthy as they can be,” Diggs said.

Screenings also will be offered to previously contacted Medicaid patients from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weston Center on Wednesday.

On Thursday, free school supplies will be distributed to children and Aiken School of Cosmetology students will be offering free haircuts from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clyburn Center and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Weston Center.

“Hair must be clean,” Diggs said.

Friday, there will be patient and staff appreciation luncheons from noon to 2 p.m. at the Clyburn Center, Weston Center and Family Health Care.

Rural Health Services is also encouraging parents to bring in their children for immunizations this week. They can set up an appointment at the Clyburn Center or Weston Center by calling 803-380-7000.

“We are accepting new patients,” Diggs said.

The Clyburn Center is at 1000 Clyburn Place in Aiken.

The Weston Center is at 4645 Augusta Road in Clearwater.

Family Health Care is at 120 Darlington Drive in Aiken.

Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.