Chillicothe Medical Clinic remains open despite hospital closing


3 (–DARRELL–)THE CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL CLOSED ITS DOORS AFTER ABOUT 70 YEARS OF SERVICE IN LATE JULY– ELIMINATING ITS EMERGENCY ROOM AND IN-PATIENT CARE SERVICES. ((–MELANIE, HOWEVER… ON THE BRIGHT SIDE… BUT THE CHILLICOTHE MEDICAL CLINIC– CONNECTED TO THE HOSPITAL– REMAINS OPEN.LAUREN LINVILLE STOPPED BY TODAY TO SEE IF THE CLINIC HAS SEEN MORE TRAFFIC WITH THE HOSPITAL’S CLOSINGAND LAUREN, HAS IT?(–LAUREN–) DARRELL– THE INTERIM C-E-O AND CLINIC DOCTOR SAY SO FAR THERE HASN’T BEEN AN INFLUX IN PATIENTS.BUT PART OF THAT COULD BE BECAUSE MANY DON’T REALIZE THE CLINIC IS STILL FUNCTIONING.((–LAUREN LINVILLE REPORTING–))WITH THE CLOSING OF THE CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL– PATIENTS MUST TRAVEL OUT OF TOWN IN EMERGENCIES.BUT THEY’RE NOT ENTIRELY OUT OF LUCK,BILL BARNES// CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL INTERIM CEO”THE BIG PROBLEM FOR US IS THAT WHEN WE DECIDED TO SHUT THE HOSPITAL DOWN, PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT INCLUDED THE CLINIC AS WELL SO THERE WAS A LOT OF RUMORS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WE HAD SHUT DOWN THE CLINIC WHICH WE HADN’T.”THE CLINIC– STILL UP AND RUNNING — IS LEAD BY DR. SHERRY WOLF… AND WHILE SHE MOSTLY WORKS WITH ADULTS… SHE CAN TREAT CHILDREN AS WELL. DR. SHERRY WOLF// CHILLICOTHE MEDICAL CLINIC PHYSICIAN”WE TAKE CARE OF MOSTLY PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES BUT OF COURSE PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES ALSO HAVE ACUTE ILLNESSES, ILLNESSES THAT HAPPEN IN JUST A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME SO WE SEE THOSE PEOPLE AS WELL.”THOUGH ONE DOOR CLOSES– ANOTHER MAY OPEN SOON. BILL BARNES// CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL INTERIM CEO”THE BOARD IS LOOKING AT SOME ALTERNATIVES, WE’RE POSSIBLY BUILDING A NEW CLINIC TO BE SEPARATE FROM THIS FACILITY.” BUT BEFORE THEN– THE CURRENT CLINIC IS MAKING SOME CHANGES. DR. SHERRY WOLF// CHILLICOTHE MEDICAL CLINIC PHYSICIAN”IN THE PAST, IT’S BEEN APPOINTMENTS ONLY BUT NOW WE WANT PEOPLE TO FILL FREE TO WALK IN AND WE ARE ALSO THINKING OF EXTENDING THE HOURS.”THOUGH THE HOSPITAL BUILDING IS OUT OF USE– THE CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL INTERIM CEO SAYS THE MISSION STAYS THE SAME.BILL BARNES// CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL INTERIM CEO”THE GOAL IS TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, WE ARE STILL A HOSPITAL DISTRICT, WE’RE A TAXING ENTITY, SO WE WANT TO YOU KNOW PROVIDE A SERVICE FOR THE PEOPLE OF CHILLICOTHE AND SURROUNDING AREAS.WHETHER IT BE STREP THROAT– OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS, THE CHILLICOTHE MEDICAL CLINIC IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.((–END PKG–)) (–LAUREN–)CHILLICOTHE MEDICAL DISTRICT IS HAVING A LARGE GARAGE SALE SATURDAY, OFFERING ITEMS FROM THE HOSPTIAL INCLUDING CHAIRS, DESKS, AND OTHER MISCELLANOUS ITEMS.IF YOU’D LIKE TO SEE DR. WOLF AS A PATIENT– CLICK INSIDE THIS STORY ON TEXOMASHOMEPAGE.COM FOR HOW TO GET IN TOUCH.(–MELANIE–) LAUREN, THANK YOU. 3 ((–MELANIE–))COMING UP…

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