CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito says she’s impressed with a nearly completed expansion project that she helped secure federal funding for a West Virginia Health Right on Charleston’s East End.

“I’m just amazed at how much more comprehensive the services are with the beautiful building, doubling the size of it, the volunteers that they have is just amazing. The staff is great,” Capito (R-W.Va.) said during a tour of the building Friday morning.

Capito secured $4 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) for the project in Sept. 2022. She said it’s just a portion of the entire $12 million expansion.

“We’ve also followed closely programming that we is going here that we worked on whether it’s substance abuse, whether it’s mental health, whether it’s diabetes care,” she said.

Capito participated in the opening of the Health Right clinic on Charleston’s West Side in June 2021. She toured the East End clinic Friday ahead of an opening ceremony towards the end of the month.

Health Right CEO Angie Settle said the project has been a long time coming to provide additional care to underserved populations.

“It’s been in the planning and in the works since 2019 with a lot of fundraising going on,” she said.

Settle said the expansion is projected to allow them to serve over 60,000 patients annually. Currently the clinic serves over 44,000 patients annually. The number has increased from 15,000 in 2014 when Settle took over as CEO.

Settle said the clinic has lacked a lot of space since then. There’s a lot more room now.

“It’s just really additional treatment space,” Settle said. “We have a whole wing for behavioral health and substance use disorder. We’ve added medical and specialty spaces, vision space, dental space.”

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the East End clinic expansion will be held June 26 at 3 p.m.

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