HISTORY

 

The Shoals Community Clinic is a non-profit organization which has proudly served people of the Shoals Area since October of 1997.

 

HISTORIC MILESTONES & STATISTICS

 

1997

 

October 2, 1997

Northwest Alabama Community Health Association was Incorporated as a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization.

 

Established partnerships with the UNA College of Nursing and Allied Health, the Florence Housing Authority, and Coffee Health Group/ECM Hospital.

 

October 15, 1997

Grand Opening at the Handy Homes facility it occupies currently. The objective of the clinic was established to provide accessible and affordable quality 

health services to the low-income working population of Northwest Alabama through managed care by Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners.

 

 

1998

 

Provided the first Free Community Health Fair with screenings for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, flu shots, health and wellness education and 

other services.

 

The clinic provided over 1,000 medical services to the community in its first two years of operation.

 

 

1999

 

The clinic utilized over 200 Nursing Students  for clinical training and educational outreach for over 500 days of service.

 

Appointed Lynn Aquadro as the first Executive Director.

 

 

2000

 

The Dental Clinic was opened with a roster of 20-30 Volunteer Dentists.

 

The mission of the Dental Clinic was established to provide emergency dental services and to relieve patient’s pain through tooth extractions. 

State of the art dental equipment was provided with funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission matched by the community.

 

 

2001-2002

 

The organization became a partner agency of the United Way of Northwest Alabama.

 

 

2006

 

The clinic was expanded to provide more space for examination rooms, administrative offices, reception and waiting area, library and education areas.

 

 

2008

 

Awarded a seed grant from the Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church USA for the Well Woman Project, a program to promote wellness and preventative care to women.

 

 

2009

 

With assistance from the Trinity Episcopal Church, a Dental Voucher program was initiated in partnership with the Help Center (Cooperative Community Ministries) to provide assistance to those who cannot afford the low-cost fee for dental extractions.

 

 

2010

 

Exceeded 20,000 health services provided to patients since the opening of the clinic.

 

 

2011

 

The Well Woman Project’s Shoals Woman Walking Challenge was recognized and awarded a project grant by the Office of Women’s Health, 

a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, as an official National Women’s Health Week event.

 

 

2011-2012

 

Received 3rd Grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for Equipment and Improvements to provide digital imaging for the Dental Clinic, medical equipment and supplies for the Health Clinic and increase the capacity of the organization.

 

 

2012 - 15th ANNIVERSARY YEAR!

 

Have provided over 25,000 health services to patients in 15 years.

 

 

2013

 

Re-Branded Name and Logo to Shoals Community Clinic.

 

 

2014

 

Hit 30,000 Health Services Provided Since Opening in 1997.

 

 

2015

 

15th Anniversary of the Dental Clinic Program.

CRNP Lynn Aquadro is one of five finalists for Shoals Woman of the Year.

2016

 

Shoals Community Clinic adopted as the legal name of the organization.

2017

 

20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CLINIC!  We have exceeded 35,000 Patient Services Provided Since Opening in 1997.

2018

 

Awarded Community Change Micro-Grant from America Walks, a national program, recognizing the clinic’s Shoals Walk Across Alabama Program. This was the first award to an Alabama organization.

2020

 

20th Year of the Dental Clinic Program.