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New children's clinic opens inside farmers market

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

“I cried, for real.”

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha stands in the new Hurley Children's Hospital and can't hold back emotions.

“Such an emotional experience to have conceived-up ideas and see them in the architecture drawings and to see them for real in color, it's a surreal experience,” Hanna-Attisha said.

Today the doors opened for the new children's clinic in downtown Flint.

And its location may leave some scratching their heads.

“We're the only pediatric clinic that's inside a farmers market that we know of in the country,” Hanna-Attisha said.

It may seem strange, but Hanna-Attisha said the connection between health and nutrition made the location better fit to serve both needs.

“We give recommendations for healthy foods all the time, but I don't think we realize how difficult it is for our patients to get healthy food,” Hanna-Attisha said. “I think there's like zero grocery stores left in the city of Flint, and to be co-located in that market is tremendous for our patients.”

The design of the clinic, the bright colors and modern feel will make the kids feel at home.

But this place is also great for local college students, especially medical students at the MSU extension.

“I think it will allow the students to see health and well-being for children, not just with the prevention of disease,” said Keith English, professor of pediatrics at Michigan State.

This new clinic is also just another example of progress coming to downtown Flint over the past few years.

“Like, hey, Flint is doing some really innovative, awesome things,” Hanna-Attisha said.

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