‘Business as usual’ at Page Free Clinic after longtime director leaves

Page News and Courier

LURAY — After initial concerns from the public regarding the future of the Page Free Clinic, those involved want to assure the community that those fears are unfounded.

"We plan to continue business as usual," said Amy Painter, the clinic's new Executive Director. "We will be open every Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., just like always."

The Page Free Clinic, located at 732 East Main St., was founded six years ago by Dr. Arsheeya Mashaw. The clinic sees around 800 patients a year. When Mashaw announced earlier this year that he and his family would be moving to Oregon in May, he made sure a plan was in place to continue the clinic.

A board of directors was created in February, with Dr. David Switzer serving as president. Painter was then named the Executive Director, with Dr. Greg Ross taking over as Medical Director. The transition from Mashaw to Painter and Ross takes place on May 20.

"Dr. Mashaw felt the clinic would be able to survive if it had a more traditional board structure," Switzer said. "We divided his duties between the administrative side, with Amy taking those responsibilities, and Dr. Greg Ross as Medical Director. Dr. Mashaw carried a great deal of responsibility and felt it would be better moving forward with two people."

Painter has been with the clinic since the day it opened, and has seen how important it is to residents.

"The clinic is important because patients would not be able to afford healthcare," Painter said. "They are able to come in free of charge and get their basic services. We are able to get them a prescription at a low fee, or free."

Switzer believes that Mashaw was a great asset to Page County and will be missed.

"I am sorry to see Dr. Mashaw go," Switzer said. "I am very optimistic that we can continue the mission that he put in place. We appreciate all support — past, present and future — from the community."

In addition to continuing the original mission of providing quality medical care at little or not cost, there are plans in place to expand.

"We have a lot of plans in the works," Painter said. "We would like to expand our operations and services moving forward. We have a great board behind us to help make that possible."

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