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Federal Funds Help Provide Medical Care to Afton, OK Community

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Thanks to federal grants, a small town community that has been battling poverty conditions is now able to receive affordable medical treatment. And with future plans to expand and provide even more specialized care, the staff at this clinic are ready to serve anyone who walks through the door.

Several streets in Afton, Oklahoma sit idle with abandoned buildings, and little traffic. But thanks to the federal government - the route 66 medical clinic is hoping to bring life back to the undeserved town.


"this is the way medicine was practiced many years back." says Dr. William Durick, of the Route 66 Health Clinic.


A $730,000 grant will help those living in poverty or those who cannot afford insurance pay for various medical procedures, including those you would find in emergency rooms.


"We see patients on a sliding scale. So if they're at a certain level at the poverty level or a certain range within the poverty level, that dictates what their out of pocket is going to be. Which is anywhere from 0 to 25 dollars." CEO of the clinic, Patrick Peer, explains.


One of the added benefits to the Route 66 clinic is that doesn't just serve the Afton community, but the whole four state community as well.


Dr. Durick is one of the primary physicians for the clinic and has seen the importance of community based medicine. He says along with saved travel time, there's also a convenience factor of getting tests done locally.


"No matter where they go, they'll have that issue that they'll have to be scheduled for their testing somewhere. And as we grow, we hope to provide more of that locally." Durick explains.


In their second year of operation, the Route 66 Clinic will receive a grant of $650,000 and by the third year, they are required to be completely self-sustaining. The clinic will find out if they received the grant for specialized equipment in Mid-September.


The clinic plans to utilize space to create more exam rooms and hopes to receive another federal grant for specialized equipment to serve people who suffer diabetes and heart problems, which is something that both Peer and Durick say will ultimately bring a beat back to the town.


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