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Renovated Community Health Clinic kitchen opens Monday

Sept. 27. The Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, the oldest and largest comprehensive medical practice serving uninsured and medically indigent residents of Mecklenburg County and the southern Iredell County, opens its new, renovated kitchen and nutrition training room on Monday.

The kitchen was funded and constructed by the members of the 2014-2015 class of Leadership Lake Norman as the class’ cornerstone community service project. It was one of the largest community service projects ever undertaken by a Leadership Lake Norman class in the program’s history.

“The new kitchen provides a vital resource to better serve our patients, such as those who must learn new nutritional skills because of diseases like diabetes,” said April Cook, co-founder and executive director. “The staff, volunteers and patients are so grateful to the many members of the Leadership Lake Norman class who came together and worked hard to provide us this great space.”

The leadership class began the project by hosting two fundraisers in late spring, which raised more than $3,000 to cover costs for permitting, materials and labor that couldn’t be sourced by donations.

Local companies donated materials and labor, and the members of class participated in demolition, minor construction, floor restoration, painting, clean up and décor.

An open house gets under way at 5:30 pm Monday at the clinic which is located at 14230 Hunters Road in Huntersville.

More than 100 doctors, nurses and lab technicians volunteer their services to the clinic. Over the past 17 years, they have provided over 50,000 appointments to more than 7,000 individuals in the community.   Dedicated to bridging the health insurance gap, they continue to offer healthcare to individuals who do not qualify for insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act.

Leadership Lake Norman is an education and service program administered by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Class members learn how various infrastructure, government and economic development organizations operate and serve the citizens in the three towns of North Mecklenburg (Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson).  Each leadership class also adopts a community project to complete during their year.