By Elena Cawley, Staff Writer
Partners for Healing is expanding its operation, and will soon reopen its Manchester location, Lane Yoder, Partners for Healing board president announced.
In addition, new members have joined the clinic team. Partners for Healing is a nonprofit clinic that offers free primary care for the working uninsured in Coffee, Franklin and Moore counties.
“Partners is currently working with several individuals in Manchester to secure a new location, and we hope to reopen our doors in Manchester during the first part of 2017,” Yoder said.
The Manchester clinic closed its door last year.
“The clinic was located at various spots in the city and was open on Fridays,” Yoder said. However, in an effort to reach all potential patients in Coffee County, Yoder hopes to open the clinic in Manchester again.
New clinic team members
Several people have joined the clinic’s team, announced Yoder.
One of them is Brett Farrell, MD, who will serve as the new medical director.
“The board of directors and I are delighted Dr. Farrell has agreed to serve as the medical director for Partners for Healing,” Yoder said. “It is meaningful to us that Dr. Farrell is from Tullahoma and has come back home to work. This shows his commitment to our community. We are grateful he is lending his talents and expertise to our clinic and our patients.”
Farrell graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1999. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and completed his family medicine residency at Bayfront Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Farrell has practiced in Tullahoma since 2011, when he joined the team of John Patsimas, MD, and Donald Tucker, MD, at the Family Practice Center of Tullahoma.
Farrell will assist the team of Partners for Healing through the use of a medical electronic system, said Executive Director Michelle Carmack.
“Being responsive is equally important as being present,” Carmack said. “The use of today’s technology systems, such as the electronic medical record system, makes it easy for medical directors to respond in real time. Timely response will allow our employees to stay focused on the issue at hand and will prevent them from having to worry and do unnecessary work.”
Farrell will help the clinic’s team with advice and instructions, added Carmack.
Carmack also welcomed the other members joining the team in its effort to serve the patients of the clinic.
“Faith LaGrone has come on board to support us,” Carmack said. “She is our newest practitioner. The way she interacts with our patients is great. We couldn’t ask for a better practitioner. Betsy White has also come on board to be a nurse with us. I also want to welcome Tamra Hice and Tammy Hamilton.”
Lab work at the clinic
The clinic now offers free lab tests, according to Carmack.
“We are now doing labs in our clinic,” Carmack said. “Our patients won’t have to leave our facility to get labs done anywhere else. If they need a lab done, we take care of that here now.”
Having the lab work completed at the clinic speeds up the process.
“It’s much more efficient, and it’s the right thing to do,” Carmack said.
Before, patients often had to take an additional day off work to get the labs done, which slowed the process down, according to Carmack.
“Sometimes, they (the patients) wouldn’t even get the labs done,” Carmack said. “That was the biggest problem we were facing. Sometimes, our patients wouldn’t have the lab done because they couldn’t find the time or they didn’t have the money. Now, we are doing it here, immediately, and we are taking care of the cost.”
“Finally, we have been able to expand our hours,” Carmack said. “We are now open on Mondays, too. We have also extended our hours on Tuesday and Thursday until 4 p.m.”
The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays; from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays; from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays; and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
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Partners for Healing is located at 109 W. Blackwell St. in Tullahoma. To learn more, visit www.partnersforhealing.org.