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YOUNGSTOWN Grace Place to celebrate new center



Published: Thu, August 22, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Grace Place's new Thank You Center is a shopping outlet for patients that includes a store and food pantry.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Grace Place Medical Services, Forum Health and Oakhill Renaissance Place officials will announce programs Friday to help meet the needs of underserved people in the region.

At 10 a.m. at Oakhill Renaissance Place, formerly Southside Medical Center, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Grace Place will celebrate the opening of its Thank You Center, a free shopping outlet for its patients, which will include a store and food pantry.

At the same meeting, Forum Health will announce the extension of the STARS Diabetes Outreach Project collaborative for the uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid patients for another year. The program is funded with a federal grant.

Help for the uninsured

The opening of the Thank You Center marks another step in Grace Places' vision of becoming a more holistic health care ministry to the tri-county region for all families but especially for the uninsured and under-served, Earl Runcan, Grace Place administrative director, said.

Festivities for the day will include free health screenings, free food, door prizes and give-aways.

Runcan said the ongoing partnership will enhance the health care services available to area residents and signals the continued growth of Grace Place and redevelopment of Oakhill Renaissance Place by the Southside Community Development Corp.




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