Leland Medical Clinic Adds X-Ray Equipment
LELAND, Miss. – Imagine an elderly woman falling on her front steps and having to be driven to another city for x-rays to determine whether she broke her hip — and then having to wait another 24 hours to receive the results of those x-rays. Until now, that scenario has been reality in this Delta town.
But beginning in November, patients needing x-rays in Leland will have them done on site at Leland Medical Clinic, receiving results in 15 minutes, when a new $75,000 x-ray machine comes on line.
“Residents won’t have to go to another facility in Greenville or Indianola to get x-rays and then wait a day to get them back,” said Daniel Thomas, who oversees clinic administration as a vice president of the Delta Health Alliance, which has supported the clinic since 2013. “Time, convenience, money, transportation – all these things come into play with this new equipment.”
Now, x-rays will be taken in-house using the new state-of-art equipment, transmitted to a partner radiology group in Memphis in 15 seconds, which will read them and send back the results in 15 minutes.
“It will be used for those things we commonly think of like broken bones, back pain and chest x-rays, and for diagnostics that will help determine whether a patient needs a trip to the hospital and or just a prescription and bed rest,” said Thomas.
Currently, Leland Medical Clinic averages three x-ray orders per day, a number that is expected to rise with the new equipment. The addition will allow the clinic to treat more urgent issues. The goal is to have the x-ray machine in service by Nov. 1, when the clinic brings on board two fulltime nurse practitioners, said Thomas.
In May, community leaders cut the ribbon on the new Leland Medical Clinic, a facility that will bring needed care to a region of the country that historically has been underserved when it comes to health services. The clinic is housed in the old city hospital, a nearly 60-year-old structure that has undergone a $1.2 million renovation to offer quality healthcare to residents who might otherwise be forced to travel to see a doctor or nurse practitioner. The renovation was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The new clinic features:
- Seven exam rooms, including two pediatric exam rooms
- X-ray services offering immediate results
- Two full-service lab rooms
- A patient exercise room
Since 2013, the Leland Medical Clinic has been supported by DHA. The clinic is a Recognized Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The designation means that the entire clinic staff, as well as patients, work together as a team by focusing on all aspects of patients’ health using enhanced technology and chronic disease management.
The certified rural health clinic treats more than 2,700 patients, a quarter of whom have no insurance. That number is expected to grow with the closing of the Leland and Hollandale branches of the Mississippi State Department of Health. Twelve percent of those patients have been diagnosed with diabetes while more than 21 percent receive care for high-blood pressure. Services provided by the clinic include management of acute and chronic illnesses, psychiatric care, wellness exams and checkups, immunizations, pediatric care, work-injury treatment, drug testing, pre-employment and school physicals, and nutritional services.