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WIC clinic will soon move to new site

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GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Women, Infants and Children clinic, also known as WIC, will move to a new location on March 1.

The clinic, which provides supplemental nutrition, nutritional education and other services to low-income clients, will move to the Greenfield Professional Building, Suite G, at 120 W. McKenzie Road.

“We’re hoping to be closed only one day, March 1, move over the weekend and be open to the public on Monday, March 4, if everything goes smoothly,” said Amanda Hinkle, site supervisor for Hancock County WIC.

Last October, Open Door Health Services became the local clinic’s lead agency, taking over from Hancock Regional Hospital.

Lori Mathis, grants and communication manager, said Open Door is a federally qualified health service agency that oversees WIC clinics in Delaware and Madison counties, and taking over the Hancock County clinic increases overall efficiency.

“We serve over 20,000 individuals, and many of them meet the WIC income requirements,” Mathis said.

Mathis said hospital officials encouraged the agency to bid on becoming the lead agency for the local clinic.

“It’s a better opportunity for the clinic to gain positive cash flow,” said Rob Matt, hospital vice president of business development and marketing.

“It’s an easy fit for us,” Mathis said. “We’re familiar with the federal funding and reporting requirements, and we serve so many of the same individuals.”

WIC coordinator Leanna Cole said the move will allow the Hancock County clinic to provide more educational programs and accommodate potential growth in the future.

“We provide nutritional and breast-feeding education programs, and the new building has a room where we can do that in a group setting,” Cole said.

Hinkle said the local WIC program serves between 950 and 1,000 individuals in Hancock County, focusing on the needs of pregnant and breast-feeding low-income women and providing short-term nutritional assistance and health care referrals.

WIC is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture whose grants are distributed by the Indiana State Department of Health to overseeing agencies such as Open Door to fund local clinics, Cole said.

Other than the new location, all other operations and functions will remain the same.

“Nothing about the program is changing,” Hinkle said.

“Our staff there will remain the same, and people will continue to work with the staff that they’re used to,” Mathis said.

The clinic continues to be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

A grand opening and open house are scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. March 19.

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