New director hired for Jefferson County, W.Va., clinic

September 30, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former hospital administrator from Fairfax County, Va., has been named director of a newly opened free health clinic in Jefferson County, officials with the clinic said.

Hank McQueeney will start his job today at the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, said Leona Richards, a nurse practitioner who has been a driving force behind the center.

Richards said the plan was to hire a director for the clinic if she and others were successful in getting the facility off the ground.


Until now, Richards has been handling the duties of administrator and nurse practitioner.

Richards said bringing McQueeney on board will allow her to concentrate on her job as nurse practitioner, which involves seeing patients, assessing their conditions and prescribing medicine.

McQueeney worked in hospital administration jobs in the West and most recently conducted fund-raising work for the United Way in the Northern Virginia area, Richards said.

McQueeney had a new house built for him in Berkeley County and he expects to close on the deal today, Richards said.

McQueeney attended an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the free clinic last Thursday. He spoke highly of the clinic's role.

"I think it's performing a social good," McQueeney said.

The clinic, located in a former state Department of Health and Human Resources office along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is designed to offer medical care at no cost to people who cannot afford to pay for it.

To receive medical care, patients will be screened to make sure they do not have health insurance, Richards said.

Richards has been able to round up pharmaceutical companies who donated medicine for the clinic and about 20 doctors in the area have agreed to see patients at the center at no charge, Richards said.

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