Nurse practitioner Judy Deringer hands out cake at the health care centre’s grand opening.

Nurse practitioner Judy Deringer hands out cake at the health care centre’s grand opening.

Sorrento Health Care Centre gets seal of approval

After months of preparation, the Sorrento Health Care Centre held its grand opening, with more than 80 people attending

After months of preparation, the Sorrento Health Care Centre held its grand opening, with more than 80 people attending.

The centre has been up and running for more than a month and the office has been busy.

Many of those who turned up at last Friday’s grand opening listened to speeches from Columbia Shuswap Regional District director Paul Demenok, Interior Health representative Kirstine Hill, SACA president Barry Stokes and nurse practitioner Judy Deringer, all of whom spoke about the  importance of the clinic to  the area.

MLA Greg Kyllo sent a letter to be read out at the event, as he was unable to attend.

The clinic has exceeded Deringer’s expectations, and she remains amazed at the way the community has embraced her and the health-care society’s goals.

Not only is the group searching for a doctor to come into the area, but they would also like to see specialists such as dietitians, diabetic specialists, counsellors and others who could offer their services to the area.

With the clinic offering large and functional space, and room just across the hall to expand, this is a very real possibility.

The health centre is still relying on donations to help keep the clinic running, however.

Those who wish to donate to the centre may do so at the Sorrento Credit Union, or by calling Marilyn Clark at 250-675-2449.