Greenfield celebrates health centers
Mayor urges people to take advantage of free screenings, demonstrations
GREENFIELD — The town will join in a weeklong nationwide celebration of health centers that begins on Sunday.
Mayor William Martin announced that Greenfield will support, in whatever way it can, the local Community Health Center of Franklin County, which will be offering free screenings, car-seat installations and safety instruction throughout the week.
“I’m especially gratified to call attention to this week, as residents of Franklin County are fortunate to have not one, but three regional health care centers available in Greenfield, Turners Falls and Orange, and all under the auspices of Community Health Center of Franklin County,” said Martin.
“As a nonprofit organization, CHCFC does a great job in our community, offering a full range of primary care services; even a dental program for school-age kids. They expand the health care continuum for local residents, while also acting as an economic engine and employer in our area with more than 65 employees.”
Martin, who is a retired registered nurse with the Department of Veterans Affairs and served as a medic in Vietnam, said local health centers reduce emergency room visits, while at the same time providing community-based, accessible treatment for everyone. They also provide essential preventative care, which helps people lead healthier lives, he said.
Community Health Center, which has facilities at 489 Bernardston Road in Greenfield, 338 Montague City Road in Turners Falls, and 450 West River St. in Orange, will hold the following events in its Greenfield location:
◆ Monday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be dental screenings for children and adults. Also, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Baystate Medical Center Health Net Plan representatives will be there to answer questions and Safe Kids of Western Massachusetts will give car seat safety demonstrations.
◆ Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health New England and Mass Health will provide car seat safety and installation guidance. Also, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., a nurse will perform body mass index (BMI) screenings for all ages.