A new Capstone Rural Health Center will be built in Parrish next year with $1 million in Affordable Care Act funding.

Capstone was one of 160 health centers in the nation to be awarded nearly $150 million last month through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Infrastructure Investment Program.

The new 8,000-square-foot clinic will replace the manufactured home approximately half that size on Highway 269 that has housed Capstone since 2007.

"It worked for a while, but we have so much traffic in here that I don't think we'll be able to use it like we do now in five or 10 years. We've got to take some pressure off it," executive director David Jones said.

The new clinic will be built on the same site near the Parrish Post Office. The current clinic, which serves between 20 and 30 patients a day, will remain open once construction begins early next year.

Capstone has doubled its operations in 2015 by opening two locations to serve residents in the northern and central part of the county.

 In January, a satellite facility opened adjacent to the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center in Jasper.

In May, Capstone was awarded a $650,000 Access Point Grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to open a clinic in Nauvoo.

That facility, which will soon include a non-retail pharmacy, is now open in a building that Capstone shares with Christian's Place Mission. A grand opening is planned for Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Capstone Rural Health Center is a nurse-managed, nationally-certified community health center that opened in Parrish in June 2001.

Approximately half of Capstone's patients do not have any form of medical insurance.

Those patients are offered care at a discounted rate.

Jennifer Cohron
News Editor, Daily Mountain Eagle
(205) 221-2840