Health clinic closing

Published 11:51 pm Monday, August 28, 2017

Months after the Town of Florala celebrated the opening of Florala Health Clinic, the facility is slated to close, Mayor Terry Holley announced Monday night.

Holley said the clinic, operated by Andalusia Health, will close on Sept. 30.

“We were hoping they would be here at least a year,” Holley said. “As you know, we just put up a sign to advertise it around town.”

Holley said Andalusia Health CEO John Yanes informed him the clinic was closing last week, and that it had only averaged three patients a day.

“There is a need for that in this town,” Holley said. “This is bad news, but let’s keep working to get health care here.”

Holley said the doctor who had been slated to join the clinic next month previously worked at the Florala Memorial Hospital, and is still interested in coming to Florala.

Just two weeks ago, Dr. Josh Driver attended a council meeting to announce he is opening an optometry clinic in Florala. Located next to Piggly Wiggly, the office will initially open two days per week.