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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Compass Community Health is looking to turn the former Saint Joseph Adoration Monastery at 2311 Stockham Ln. in Portsmouth into a medical facility for women with high-risk pregnancies as a result of addiction or other social problems.

Ed Hughes, CEO of Compass Community Health says their agency has sent out a letter to the community describing what they are doing and to invite them to a community forum Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Monastery.

“We have an agreement with the Catholic Diocese of Columbus, but it’s contingent upon us being able to get a variance to the zoning,” Hughes said. “I think it is just residential and we need to be able to keep people overnight because we would be able to provide a setting for women to be able to stay and receive medical services. Then we would, of course, coordinate with The Counseling Center for any kind of drug, alcohol or mental health services as well.”

Hughes said the need has expanded in recent years because of the extreme drug problems that have plagued Scioto County.

“We had 39 drug-free babies born to women at Stepping Stone House last year,” Hughes said. “But because of the high numbers of pregnant women we’re serving, we just felt that we really needed a separate specialized facility for them, so that they would be able to get all the medical services they needed in addition to the other services that we are used to providing.”

Hughes said the facility offers a one-floor plan, which would be beneficial to those who would be offering the services and to the patients.

“We have to go through the process, of course, of going to the City Zoning Board in terms of being able to get a variance,” Hughes said.

Compass Community Health recently moved into the former Scudder School building on Court Street for the purpose of consolidating many of its community services under one roof.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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