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Escambia Community Clinics needs new office space

PENSACOLA -- Escambia Community Clinics is looking for new permanent office space since April's flooding event damaged their old facility on Palafox Street.

The facility serves around 32,000 people who are either uninsured, under-insured or medically needy.

After seeing the relocation signs in front of the Escambia Community Clinic, Sam Rollo is glad the clinic is still in business after the flood.

"They're real good people, they get you in and get you out and what I like about it is when the Doctor comes in, he spends time with you" said Sam Rollo, Escambia Community Clinics patient.

Rollo has been a regular at the clinic for the last 6 years.
Both he and his wife have seen the clinic flood before, but this time around the damage was just too much, forcing the clinic to relocate.

Don Turner says since 1998, the Escambia Community Clinic has flooded 6 times.
This latest event is expected to cost the clinic a little more than a million dollars to bounce back to pre-flood conditions.
It took clinic employees less than a week to relocate to the new temporary building on Jordan Street after the rain storm in April.

Don Turner - Escambia Community Clinics CEO
"There's enough temporary room for us right now so we feel blessed we have a site to move to" said Don Turner, Escambia Community Clinics Executive Director.

Since moving a few blocks away, Turner says the clinic has seen fewer patients which is worrisome.

"The consequence of that is potentially they might access the ER more often than they previously were, or in face they just may not come" said Turner.

Eventually the Escambia Community Clinics Board of Directors want to find a new permanent location that has a low risk of flooding.

The Escambia Community Clinic is expected to be at the Jordan location for at least the next two years.