Western Plains Medical Complex opened a new family care clinic Monday in Cimarron.
"Our parent corporation recently re-determined what our primary and secondary markets were, and Cimarron became a primary market," Deb Goodwin, director of marketing for Western Plains Medical Complex, said about the decision to open the new clinic. "We already see a lot of people from Cimarron at the hospital so it just made sense to open one here."
The new primary care clinic will offer several basic services to patients in the area.
"We will be able to do things like annual physicals, well woman exams, employment physicals, treat minor lacerations, and acute physical care," Jaclyn Vath the nurse practitioner at the clinic said in an interview Thursday. "For bigger stuff though people will still need to go to the hospital."
In addition to not being able to treat more serious injuries, the clinic will not have an x-ray machine; if patients need x-rays they will be sent to Dodge City. They can draw blood, but it will most likely be sent to Dodge for testing.
Vath has been working in health care for almost a decade now, she started out working in medical/surgical, then moved to recovery and finally worked in the cardiac cath lab, so she has plenty of expertise for working in the new clinic.
As a nurse practitioner, she has had more training than a registered nurse (RN), or a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She has had more training in healthcare, is able to write prescriptions and is trained to diagnose. Vath is still required to have a doctor supervising however, so Dr. R.C. Trotter will be reviewing and signing off on her charts from Dodge City.
Because the clinic is so new, they will accept walk-ins if there is time available in Vath's schedule. But, she recommends appointments be made.
"I really prefer people schedule appointments if they can," she said, "just so I know what they need done, and I can fit them into my day."
So far, the community seems really excited about the new clinic, according to the staff.
"I think people are glad to have a choice of where they go now," Vath said. "There's already one clinic here, but I think the community is big enough that it can support both of us."
"The Chamber has already called and asked us to be a member," Goodwin said. "When I talked to them they seemed really excited about a new business opening in the area. I think they're glad to have us here."
Right now, two people work at the clinic, Vath and her secretary, but they are looking to hire an LPN in the very near future.
"As a community hospital, Western Plains is excited to expand," Goodwin said. "This new clinic will help us better serve our patients in the Cimarron area and allow them to receive basic care closer to home."
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