Licking Clinic Open House

                                                                                                                                          Photo by Shari Harris
Missouri Ozarks Community Health employees from several clinics in the area gathered in front of the Christmas tree during the Licking Clinic open house.
By Shari Harris

The Licking Clinic of Missouri Ozarks Community Health held their open house December 12 at noon in their new facility at 135 College Avenue in Licking. Staff and management from Missouri Ozarks Community Health clinics in other communities joined the Licking Clinic staff and area residents to celebrate.
The exterior of the home next to the elementary school parking lot may remind some of the residence it once was. Many others recall it as the Bridges building for the alternative school. While the initial impression of the site may cause you to reminisce, when you step inside, you may be surprised by the transformation. The spacious waiting room is flanked on the right by a receptionist’s office and window.  A full laboratory is just beyond, where in-house lab work can be processed. Some less common testing and radiology must still be done off-site. Travel down a short hallway and you will see two exam rooms and an office. The full remodel of the building has indeed created a modern health clinic.
Natalie Jeffery, FNP, and Brandi Bathon, Patient Services, operate the clinic. Jeffery works under a collaborative agreement with Dr. Joshua Wolfe, who practices in the Houston Clinic.
The proximity of the clinic to the school lends a convenience aspect for the treatment of students and staff. Children can go from the nurse’s station at school to the clinic if they are ill. The clinic reports 10 to 12 have been treated so far. Currently, more community members have taken advantage of the clinic than school population. The sliding fee scale provided to people with no insurance is an added benefit of the clinic. Medicare, Medicaid and some insurance are accepted as well, with work underway to accept more.
A beautiful Christmas tree adorned the waiting room during the Open House and tables lined with lunch and snacks occupied the center of the room. The crowd of well-wishers entered into the drawing for a Christmas arrangement and created a buzz of chatter as they visited while enjoying the food. People from the other clinics in Ava, Cabool, Houston, Mansfield and Mtn. Grove renewed acquaintances and offered support to the new clinic.
If you are interested in receiving care at the new clinic, their hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch break from 12 to 12:30 p.m. You can reach them at 573-674-1089.



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