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Health center to serve uninsured


A new health center for uninsured and underinsured Howard County residents will be coming to Columbia in July.

The center, in the Knoll North Building in Oakland Mills village, will have eight examination rooms. The facility will offer dental care, mental health services and treatment for victims of substance abuse.

"This new facility is a major milestone in meeting the health care needs of thousands of ... residents," said Richard Kreig, president and chief executive officer of the Horizon Foundation.

The center is a partnership between the Horizon Foundation, Chase Brexton Health Services Inc. and the Maryland Community Health Center.

Kreig said the center will benefit the Health Alliance, a free clinic in Columbia that focuses on the medical needs of 300 people.

"Now we are going to move into treating thousands, and this is really the first time we can offer this," Kreig said.

Kreig said he is confident that other organizations will work with the center in fulfilling the needs of county residents.

"What you're going to see is that all the nonprofit organizations will rise to the occasion and integrate what they do with the clinic, and there will be tremendous community support for the center," he said.

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