The much anticipated Valley View School-Based Health Center held its grand opening on Friday, Aug. 22. Numerous dignitaries were present to speak and mingle as the ribbon was cut.
Interact for Health, formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati; Pike County Community Action Committee; US Representative Brad Wenstrup; The Ohio State Board of Education; and the Manchester School Board were all represented at the grand opening.
Superintendent Craig Hockenberry served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, introducing each of the speakers in turn. Terry Himes, president of the Manchester Local Board of Education, gave a speech on the opportunity that the health center represented and thanked those that made it happen.
Francie Wolgin, Senior Program Officer with Interact for Health spoke about the increased services and screenings that the health center would bring to an area that is not being served effectively in healthcare. Gary Roberts, director for Pike County Community Action Committee, continued with the same theme listing the unforunate statistics of the rural area, including that almost 18 percent have never been to a dentist once in their lives.
Representative Wenstrup was unable to attend, but Kaci Compton, his local field representative, was present to speak to the gathering about the accomplishment that the health center represents.
After the ribbon cutting, the public was invited to tour the facility and enjoy refreshments served in the lobby.