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Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health gives land to local health clinic

Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health is helping a local clinic strengthen its mission to serve the uninsured and underinsured in the area.

The corporation has leased land at 1716 Hartford Street to Riggs Community Health Care since 1998.

But the hospital group has decided to donate the land to the non-profit.

Riggs president and C-E-O Veronique LeBlanc says the gift ensures the clinic’s long-term sustainability.

She says in 2011, Riggs served nearly 12,000 individuals.

LeBlanc expects that number to double in the next five years, once a second location opens up in the former Woman’s Clinic on South Street.

That building was donated to Riggs last October by North Central Health Services.