Health clinic set to open in East Palestine for residents after exposure to toxic chemicals


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As concerns loom in East Palestine following the release of toxic chemicals after a train derailment in early February, an open health clinic will be available for residents to utilize.

The Ohio Department of Health, along with the Columbiana County Health Department with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, have opened a Health Assessment Clinic that will begin serving area residents Tuesday, Feb. 21 at noon.

The clinic hours vary each day this week, but community members looking to schedule appointments can call 234-564-7755 or 234-564-7888.

The open clinic will be held at the First Church of Christ, 20 W. Martin St., in East Palestine. Two rooms inside the church will be utilized for assessments, but residents can also be seen in a mobile unit parked outside of the church.


Church assessment rooms

Tuesday 12-6 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..
Closed Sunday.

Mobile unit

Tuesday 12-6 p.m.
Thursday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m

Church assessment rooms

Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m

Mobile unit

Tuesday-Thursday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Registered nurses and mental health specialists will be at the site to look over patients. A toxicologist will be available to consult patients on site or by phone.

“Last week, I was in East Palestine and listened as many area residents expressed their concerns and fears,” said ODH Director Bruce Vanderhoff, MD, MBA. “I heard you, the state heard you, and now the Ohio Department of Health and many of our partner agencies are providing this clinic, where people can come and discuss these vital issues with medical providers.