New healthcare facility hosted grand opening

The Covered Bridge Healthcare facility hosted its public grand opening and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event Friday.
The agency’s dozen staff members and a number of dignitaries were on hand to take part in the fanfare for the 1,980-square-foot facility, located in Centreville just east of the sheriff’s department.
The center is funded through a $990,000 annual federal grant renewed every 12 months over a three-year period, director Lynn Dobberteen said. She said the grant is a competitive renewal after its third year.
Dobberteen thanked a number of people for their help in making the facility a reality.
Dobberteen, wife of St. Joseph County Commissioner John Dobberteen, said Covered Bridge Healthcare offers services that aid people with medical and dental needs, people who have diabetes, and anyone with general health and social needs.
It is open to the general public but the center is trying to market itself to the county’s Hispanic population and Amish residents, she added.
It also will serve as an outreach site to inmates at the adjacent county jail.

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