JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -
The former Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Care Center re-opened its doors on Johns Island Saturday as the Fetter Health Care Network.
Chairman of the Board, Rev. Michael Mack said the primary health care office was a community mainstay years before, but shut its doors after a steady decline in patients and funding.
"We lost the site, but they still traveled behind us," Mack said.
The network has eight locations throughout the lowcountry, with centers in Hollywood, Moncks Corner, and Summerville, among others.
"We're here to serve the community and to stay."
Saturday, a triumphant return, among a host of community members and Network staff at the Johns Island site on Maybank Highway.
"With all that's going on with the affordable care act and healthcare in this country, we felt that we had to come back and be available and accessible to the people," said Network CEO Reuben Pettiford.
The center will open Monday as an adult care facility, with future plans to include pediatrics and behavioral health.
Dr. Kwame Iwegbue, a native of Nigeria and graduate of the University of Benin, will provide primary health services on Johns Island.
"I like the fact that the community and Fetter is very closely knit," he said.
"I just feel very embraced and warmly welcomed here."
In the past year, the Fetter Network has served up to 50,000 patients throughout the lowcountry.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 843-628-0284.