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Ferndale Community Health Center officials thank contributors for support

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FERNDALE- Officials with the Ferndale Community Health Center held a celebration in front of the new open-door clinic on Thursday, showing appreciation for the community support that made the opening possible.

"Open door community health center is a non-profit organization that is basically a break-even organization.  And without the support of the community's funding, we would not have been able to remodel this facility to the standard that it is," said Herrmann Spetzler, the CEO of Open Doors Community Health Centers.

The clinic opened last Friday, and is now the 10th Open Door Community Health Center on the North Coast.  The Bob Scarborough building was remodeled to hold the clinic.  The entire effort cost about $750,000 and was funded mostly by donations. On Thursday, clinic officials thanked representatives of the Redwood Memorial Foundation, the Bertha Russ Lytel Foundation and the McLean Foundation for those donations.  The clinic’s staff is made up of the former Humboldt Medical Group Doctor’s Office in Ferndale.  A former business partner of Humboldt Medical Group, Robin Smith, says this transition was necessary for their to be medical care in Ferndale.

"Humboldt medical group was simply unable to keep itself financially afloat.  It's as simple as that.  And so, we looked to partner with somebody who had the same medical values as us, and that's open door clinic," said Smith.