U.S. military offers free health clinic
by Kevin Pearson
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Capt. Williams of Chicago checks out a patient’s teeth at the Army medical hospital mission at West Bolivar Middle School in Rosedale.
Capt. Williams of Chicago checks out a patient’s teeth at the Army medical hospital mission at West Bolivar Middle School in Rosedale.
ROSEDALE — Tuesday marked the beginning of a medical clinic run by the 422 4th United States Army Hospital, in cooperation with the Delta Regional Authority, at West Bolivar Middle School in Rosedale.

The clinic will end July 25.

This 21-person medical hospital, which is stationed at Fort De Moines, Iowa, consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, dentists, opticians, surgical nurses, registered nurses, LPNs, combat medics, audiologists, and a wide variety of assets that hospitals normally utilize.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides Bolivar County citizens with general medical, optical and dental care all free of charge, with no appointments.

Although the clinic will be open until 5 p.m., they will be taking their last patient at 4 p.m. in order to complete treatment, paperwork and clean up.

“What we are offering the community today is nothing more than simple health screening to aid and assist the Department of Public Health with tracking and improving the health status of the citizens of Bolivar County,” said Mission Commander Capt. Kent Ryan.

Vitals and a brief history of each patient will be taken and assessments will be made.

The clinic also has a limited supply of antibiotics that it can be provided to patients if there is a need.

Patients will be referred to the Delta Health Center or to Dr. Bill Lewis in Rosedale for further treatment if needed.

“We want to make the public aware that the Public Health Department is a resource that you don’t need a job or medical coverage to use and get treated,” said Ryan.

The dental services that the clinic offers includes screening, simple extractions, and simple fillings.

The vision care, which is run by a four-person crew from the U.S. Navy, gives prescriptions for corrective lenses and produces a free pair of glasses for the patient within 48 hours.

The crew produces simple reading or distant vision glasses in simple frames and will not make bifocals or tinted glasses.

Although the dental and vision sections of the clinic will not be fully operational until July 19, they are still able to do screenings.

The clinic is hoping to treat around 100 patients on a daily basis and will compile the medical data daily to give to the Department of Public Health so that the state has a better visual of what the health status is of the citizens of Mississippi.

Supplies are limited and the unit will not be resupplied, so citizens are encouraged to come as soon as possible to ensure they get the treatment they need.

This mission has been over a year in planning and has clinics set up in five Delta cities including Rosedale, Clarksdale, Marks, Tunica, and Helena, Ark.

As well as helping the community medically, the soldiers are also encouraged to eat their meals and fill up their vehicles in Rosedale to help give a slight boost the local economy, although they are staying in Greenville.

“What we get out of this is that we get to help out our countrymen,” said Ryan. “It’s good to take care of our own. Without any political agenda, without any hidden agenda, we’re here to help people.”