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New facility opens for assault victims

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Local victims of physical and sexual assault no longer have to drive 30 minutes to an hour to have evidence collected by a forensic nurse examiner (FNE).

Two years after proposing the creation of a FNE Program in Pulaski, April Bennett cut the ribbon last week to officially open Medical Consulting Services LLC (MCS). Bennett is the only full-time FNE at the facility.

The nonprofit service shares a building with Free Clinic of Pulaski County, 24 Fourth St. N.W., in downtown Pulaski. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. After hours services are available as long as a forensic nurse is available.

In addition to Bennett, other staff members include part-time FNE Melissa Harper and Medical Director Cris Trout, a forensic nurse practitioner.

“We want to say a huge thank you to the Free Clinic of Pulaski for donating space … so we can provide these services,” Bennett said. “We also are very grateful to all the community agencies who are collaborating with us to make this possible: LewisGale Hospital Pulaski, Women’s Resource Center, Pulaski Police Department, Pulaski County Sheriff Office, Pulaski Social Services, and Pulaski Commonwealths Attorney office.”

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