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Promise to God spawns clinic

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DANNY IVISON/Ellis County Press

PALMER - A desire to help people and a promise to God has culminated in a new health clinic for the residents of Palmer. Physician Assistant Enola Nelson is the driving force behind the five-year vision to minister to people where they live.

Nelson, a nine year Red Oak resident, wants patients to know the clinic is there because the staff cares about them. 'I want to emphasize this is not a money making project,' she said.

The 1985 graduate of Howard University studied at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where she also logged fifteen years of cardiac and trauma intensive care experience. She also trained at the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Nelson had dreamed of going to Howard University but found she could not afford it. She completed nursing school while saving money to go Howard.

It was at Howard that she made her promise to God. 'The studies were so hard I didn't think I could make it so I turned to God and promised him that if he would see me through to graduation I would use my knowledge to help people who were underprivileged,' she said.

Nelson also works at another rural health clinic in Kerens she started. The Palmer clinic is under the umbrella of the Kerens clinic.

The process to open a rural health clinic took Nelson many months of research and writing. 'There are many things that have to be put in writing,' she said. 'It took five years to see the clinics actually open.'

Nelson's husband Barron is pastor of Ezra Household of Faith Church in Red Oak. One of the focal points of the church is ministering to the homeless. 'What we do at the clinics and at the church go hand in hand,' she said.

Home visits by the clinic staff are available. 'Dr. Cyrus and I are available to make house calls to those who are bed ridden or too ill to come to the office,' Nelson said.

The acceptance by the community is a top concern of Nelson. 'We want to be a trusted friend. We are here to provide quality care for every person regardless of their income,' she said.

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