After almost two months in the new building, the Baptist Health Deaconess Dawson Springs Clinic is back to business as usual.
Cheryl McKnight, the clinic’s director in Dawson Springs, said they were all very happy to be open again and seeing patients.
“The space is nice and new, and we’re happy to have a replacement facility that allows us to serve our community again,” she said. “We are the only medical facility in the city of Dawson Springs and we really need it here.”
The clinic was destroyed in the December tornadoes that hit Dawson Springs. In early March, a new clinic building was unveiled and the community once again had a more permanent location.
Kristy Quinn, director of marketing and public relations for Baptist Health Deaconess, said the hospital had a mobile medical unit on site the Monday following the tornado, so medical care was not interrupted.
“Now they are back inside our new facility on the site of the old clinic,” she said. “This continuity of care and service has been very important to Dawson Springs and the health of our patients there. »
She said most of the physical injuries had healed, but many patients continued to worry as they continued to heal mentally and spiritually while dealing with stress in their physical environment.
“In a natural disaster like this, medical care in the community is essential,” Quinn said. “Our medical care team is there to help them in any way they can.”
McKnight said they were seeing the same overall number of patients as before the tornado.
Quinn added that in addition to the clinic’s normal patients, staff are seeing new patients as they serve the workers and volunteers who come to help clean up and rebuild the community.
McKnight said the clinic is important to the community, otherwise they would have to drive at least 25 to 30 minutes for medical attention.
“Many of our patients are dependent on others for transportation to appointments, so having a local clinic is a necessity,” she said.
Quinn said there is a great team in Dawson that is happy to serve the community. Dr. Michael Hack, APRN Maryssa Coyle and the care team provide excellent care five days a week.
She said laboratory services and physiotherapy are back, and imaging services are being prepared to return when construction is complete, so the clinic can offer a wide variety of services without having to travel. .
For more information, call the Baptist Health Deaconess Clinic in Dawson Springs at 270-797-3521.