Medical center for the homeless prepares to open

By Brandi Cummings - bio | email

LEXINGTON, SC - LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A medical care center for the homeless will soon open its doors. It's a place for the homeless to go when they leave the hospital and still need medical care.

It was once a nursing home, then a daycare, and now it's the future site of a short-term care center for the homeless.

"It's a dream come true," said Cynthia Nelson, President and CEO of the Butterfly Medical Respite Care Center in Lexington.

Even with no electricity and no running water, volunteers are clearing rooms. But board chair Laura Daulton says so much more needs to be done.

"We need to clean it up, we need to paint and we need to get it ready for our June 1 opening," she said.

The Butterfly Medical Respite Care Center will be a place for the homeless to get medical care while they recuperate after being discharged from the hospital. The center will have doctors and nurses around the clock to address immediate medical needs.
They are hoping to fund the project through private, state and federal grants, as well as support from the hospitals that refer patients.
"They would have to be referred by a medical physician, the hospital, or primary health care facility," said Nelson.

It's a huge undertaking, but not something the team is intimidated by.

"It's a bunch of good people doing a lot of things. Volunteering and trying to make this happen," said Daulton.

All they have right now is a building. They still need equipment and supplies.

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