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WUSF story on the new FSU clinic in Newtown

In a Sarasota neighborhood with no doctor’s offices and little access to health care, a new clinic in Newtown is bringing medical care and so much more.


Since the turn of the last century and the days of segregation, the Newtown neighborhood north of Downtown Sarasota has been predominantly African-American, and as development pushed capital into other neighborhoods, the neighborhood went mostly ignored. That changed last week when a long-held dream became reality for one physician with a vision: Dr. Karen Hamad, the associate director of the Florida State University College of Medicine’s Internal Residency Program at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. At the ribbon opening ceremony for the clinic last week, Dr. Hamad talked about the three years it took to put the pieces together for the Jean and Alfred Goldstein Health Center, which will be more than a clinic.

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