KSU to close health clinic at MUST Ministries
by Jon Gillooly
July 18, 2013 12:00 AM | 2816 views | 4 4 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KENNESAW — After a 15-year run, Kennesaw State University on Friday is closing the health clinic it runs at MUST Ministries, the faith-based, nonprofit charity that serves people struggling in poverty.

Kennesaw State President Dan Papp said the university could no longer afford to operate the $200,000-a-year clinic.

The clinic treated 1,609 patients during 2012, with some of those patients seen multiple times, Kennesaw State spokeswoman Arlethia Perry-Johnson said.

Run by the university’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services, the clinic provided office visits, phone consultations and prescription refills to the under-insured, as well as the uninsured. It also provided Kennesaw State nursing and social work students with hands-on experience.

MUST Ministries President and CEO Ike Reighard said his nonprofit would continue to provide access to health care and is in talks to find a qualified replacement.

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Mike In Smyrna
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July 18, 2013
Who has the time and money to support a clinic - when you are building a football program. Or that $200,000 could be used to expand KSU's farm-to-campus endeavor. After all, their sustainability program is a breakeven for the taxpayer – correct? Out of curiosity – will the students still be required to pay a $51 Health Clinic Fee?

The nursing and social work students don't need work experience. When has experience every been a plus when applying for job.
Rick Z
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July 18, 2013
My reaction is same as "Papp is Right" and "Loren Bagby." Glad to see a couple of people already beat me to it. Besides the community service aspect and the academic programs mentioned, it seemed like an ideal fit for KSU's medical assisting certificate program.
Papp is right
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July 18, 2013
Don Papp is absolutely correct that KSU can no longer afford $200,000 a year for some health clinic at a homeless shelter. KSU GOT THE FOOTBALLS TO PAY FOR NOW, GAW DANGIT!
Loren Bagby
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July 18, 2013
Of course KSU can't afford to help poor people, they have to pay for a football team the student body doesn't want (that was a bogus vote), and it also has to pay for Dapper Dan's bonuses. You know he just has to maintain he ranking as one of the highest compensated public school presidents in the country. Life wouldn't be fair otherwise.
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