Dr. Daytral Brown, nurse practitioner, will be moving her family practice clinic to downtown Longview later this year.
The Beverly Clinic’s new location is under construction at 602 E. Methvin St. Brown said she plans to move her Judson Road office there in September or October. She decided to move because she needed more space and more parking. New construction made more sense because of the tough property market – renovating an existing building would have cost as much as building new ones, she said.
She chose to build on Methvin Street because the neighborhood is “underdeveloped”. Plus, it’s close to other healthcare facilities, including Christus Good Shepherd and Open Imaging.
“It’s along the bus line. It was also important to me so that patients could be transported to and from their appointments,” Brown said. “It turned out to be the perfect place.”
Brown serves patients ages 5 and older as a primary care provider. She will expand her services at the new location, with the addition of her new Vita Health Rapid Care Clinic, and her practice will add another nurse practitioner.
The Beverly Clinic accepts all insurance and offers a cash payment option, she said. Vita Health will not accept insurance. It will be open to everyone, not just its patients, and customers must pay in cash or by credit card. It will also likely add a service to allow people to pay their fees at Vita Health. She expects to start charging $50 for visits, plus the cost of labs or other services. It’s the same thing she charges her patients who pay cash.
“That’s where I put my price because people should be able to afford health care,” Brown said.
Hugman-Lammers-Hawkins Architecture designed the 3,000 square foot building and MDM is the construction contractor. Brown said she plans to expand over the next two years to add an additional 1,800 square feet east of her clinic to provide rental office space.
Brown said she has been a nurse practitioner for more than 11 years and decided to open her own practice about 4.5 years ago.
“For me, it was a choice to be able to take care of patients in a way that I felt comfortable, and to be able to have the availability that I wanted”, and to be more autonomous, he said. she declared.
Hours of operation for the new Beverly Clinic location will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Vita Care hours are not yet set, but could be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday with Saturday coverage.