PARKERSBURG — Coplin Health Systems celebrated a grand opening at the West Virginia University Parkersburg campus.
The clinic is located next to the lower college parking lot at 73 Nicollet Road in Parkersburg.
The opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Tuesday. The ribbon cutting was attended by representatives from Coplin Health Systems, the WVU-P Board of Trustees and Dr. Chris Gilmer, former WVU-P president and WVU Potomac State Interim President.
Gilmer formed a partnership with Coplin Health Systems while at WVU-P. Its mission was to provide high-quality health care to students, faculty, staff and the community.
The new center features a “G” in the left column of the entrance, signifying Gilmer’s work to make this dream a reality.
“This will be a great clinic for the campus and for the Davisville community,” said Rob Dudley, CEO of Coplin Health Systems. “This project took time, but he (Gilmer) never gave up and we never gave up. Our priority is to offer quality yet affordable healthcare and advocate for children and families.”
Services offered include primary and urgent care (walk-in) for all ages and behavioral health services. Clinic hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Coplin Health Systems is a federally qualified health center. As such, providers will care for individuals and families with full, partial, or no insurance coverage.
The organization also offers a sliding scale payment model to make care affordable regardless of a person’s income. The WVU-P Foundation also established a Student Health Fund to provide financial assistance to students who cannot afford health care costs such as copayments.
“Our commitment is to provide students with the resources they need to achieve,” Tori Jackson, interim president of WVU-P, said. “We identified a need in our community and Coplin was the answer. WVU Parkersburg appreciates their shared commitment to those currently underserved.”
Jackson County Center students, faculty and staff will be able to receive the same services at Ripley Family Care, Jackson County School Wellness Center or River Valley Family Care in Ravenswood.