Collaborative clinic opens doors in Chapmanville.
Rural health (Access control)
|Publication:||Name: West Virginia Medical Journal Publisher: West Virginia State Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 West Virginia State Medical Association ISSN: 0043-3284|
|Issue:||Date: Sept-Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 105 Source Issue: 5|
|Topic:||Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management|
|Product:||Product Code: 8080000 Outpatient Care Facilities NAICS Code: 6214 Outpatient Care Centers SIC Code: 8093 Specialty outpatient clinics, not elsewhere classified|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States|
Through the collaboration of the local community, Marshall's
Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health and Marshall's School of
Medicine, a new clinical and education center has opened in the Logan
County town of Chapmanville.
Coalfield Health Center, a project of the non-profit Rural Health Access Corporation, began operations in late July to increase access to primary care services in the medically underserved area.
With technical assistance and guidance from the Center for Rural Health and financial support from the Logan Healthcare Foundation the center has begun providing primary care services. In addition, specialty and subspecialty services will be provided through Marshall's faculty practice plan, University Physicians & Surgeons.
Federal funding obtained by Sen. Byrd will allow construction of a permanent medical office facility for the center. Ground is expected to be broken later this year, with the building scheduled for occupancy in fall 2010.
"This is a part of the state in which it has been historically very difficult to recruit and retain physicians," said Jennifer Plymale, director of the Center for Rural Health and assistant dean of the medical school. "We are working with members of the community to learn from them directly what their areas of need are, then working with them to create an appropriate, sustainable model to meet those needs."
In addition to providing patient care services, the center is exploring ways to incorporate training opportunities for resident physicians and allied health students. Once in its permanent facility, it will become the hub for the Robert C. Byrd Mobile Medical Unit, which now is based at Marshall in the Center for Rural Health.
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