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Leland Medical Clinic Announces Re-opening of Newly Remodeled and Upgraded Facility

Posted on: May 19, 2016
Photo (left to right) Lula Reece, LMC Community Health Worker; Janet Holley, LMC Front Desk Clerk; Ellen Durst, LMC Dietitian; Daniel Thomas, Delta Health Alliance AVP Information Technology/Clinical Affairs; Debra Clark, LMC Office Manager; Tamika Sharkey-Green, LMC Clinic Nurse; Washington County Supervisor Jesse Amos, Deneice McAdory, LMC Nurse Practitioner; Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO; Gary Jones, USDA Rural Development; Lisa Percy, DHA Board; Representative Willie Bailey, DHA Board; Bill Kennedy, DHA Board Chair; Leland Mayor Kenny Thomas; Jackie Rice, Leland School District; Rob Walters, Leland Chamber of Commerce President; Stephanie Patton, Leland Chamber of Commerce; Leland Vice Mayor Lisa Bush; Cary Karlson, Washington County Economic Alliance; Andy Petro, Leland Alderman; and John Dean, Leland Chamber of Commerce. Cutting the ribbon: Leland Medical Clinic Patient Advisory Board Members: Diane Burchfield and Mary Boteler.

(Leland, MS) – The Leland Medical Clinic is back in its old home, but everything on the inside is new. Health care and government officials from all over the county were on hand today to cut the ribbon on the clinic’s newly renovated and upgraded facilities. The work was funded by a $1,132,000 million grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office.

According to Karen Matthews, CEO of Delta Health Alliance, the clinic’s owner, “The grant paid for a complete overhaul of the interior spaces, new and upgraded equipment, and improved waiting areas and examination rooms. Included in the renovation is an expanded exercise room for patients, pediatric examination rooms, additional testing devices and a new waiting room.”

Among those participating in the ribbon cutting was Gary Jones and Justin Wilkes with the US Department of Agriculture – Rural Development on behalf of Trina George, USDA Rural Development State Director. George shared, “I’m extremely pleased with the renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic, and so happy that USDA Rural Development was able to assist with the completion of the project.” George, a native of the Delta Region, understands that the area is underserved. George continues, but by taking advantage of innovations such as tele-health technology, we can facilitate getting crucial services such as health care to the people in need of assistance. By working with community leaders like the Delta Health Alliance, I’m sure that we can continue to provide the services that the community needs, so please do not hesitate to reach out to Rural Development in the future.”

Rep. Willie Bailey speaking at the Ribbon Cutting
Rep. Willie Bailey speaking at the Ribbon Cutting

The new equipment and services now available at the clinic include the latest x-ray technology, which allows for images to be read onsite with the patient, as well as tele-health facilities that connect the Leland clinic with radiologists in Memphis, specialists in Greenville, and professional counselors in Southaven.

It was also announced at the ribbon cutting that the Leland Medical Clinic is now the only Rural Health Care Clinic in the Delta that is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home. As Daniel Thomas, clinic director, explained, “As a medical home clinic, we practice a model of care that strengthens the provider-patient relationship through coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship. This is the standard by which the staff operates. In addition to medical services, patients will have access to dietary services, exercise and physical fitness and patient education – all components will be housed in the renovated clinic facility. All of these services are available by appointment and also by just walking into the clinic.”

For more information about this grant or about Delta Health Alliance, please visit our website at www.deltahealthalliance.org or follow DHA on Facebook.

To schedule an appointment, call 662.686.4121. To find out more about Leland Medical Clinic, visit their website at www.lelandmedicalclinic.org or follow us on Facebook.