Gurley Community celebrates new HEALS Clinic

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GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT)- Several community members gathered at the Madison County Elementary School Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new HEALS Clinic.  HEALS stands for Health Establishments at Local Schools.

The non-profit organization is dedicated to providing accessible, quality school-based medical and dental care for the most vulnerable children in Huntsville and Madison County. The new clinic will provide comprehensive dental and medical care to Madison County Elementary School students and their siblings from birth through age 18.

Madison County Elementary School principal Amy Mason says that this is an answered prayer for parents and teachers. “Our students will have the opportunity to have all of their basic needs met when they come to school,” Mason says.

Otherwise some students would be forced to deal with the health issues they face which can cause them to preform poorly in school. “We also have some students where we have academic concerns and it could be something as simple as they need vision help. They need a pair of glasses and things that we can get someone to actually give more of a medical determination we can get them the help that they need,” Mason expresses.

Unfortunately some families can’t provide healthcare to their families, which is why the HEALS clinic is such a blessing. “For our families, having access to good healthcare is something that is just a little bit out of their reach. For many of them, transportation to Huntsville is a challenge, even though it is just a short 20 minute drive to be able to go right into their back yard. Essentially, to go over and get the help that they need is going to be a time saving on the parents, but also on getting children back in that classrooms and back in school and ready to learn,” says Mason.

HEALS currently provides care to children through clinics at Martin Luther King, Madison Cross Roads, Morris and University Place Elementary Schools.