New Nurse Practitioners at Leland Medical Clinic
LELAND, Miss. — When Deniece McAdory brought her skills as a nurse practitioner to the Leland Medical Clinic, she had one message for the patients who look to her for care.
“I told them that there’s a new sheriff in town,” said McAdory. “I’m trying to re-wire these patients so they know that education is so important to their overall health. I spend time teaching them and explaining the process and making sure they come back for follow-up visits.”
McAdory is one of two new nurse practitioners who began serving patients beginning Feb. 1. She and Cay Brooks Ely are part of the team at the certified rural health clinic that treats more than 30 patients a day – a number expected to grow since the closing of the Leland and Hollandale branches of the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Where McAdory serves as a family nurse practitioner, treating patients for everything from broken bones to the flu to chronic diseases such as diabetes, Ely works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, the only one of her kind in the Mississippi Delta who treats mental health disease in all ages. Augmented by a registered dietician, Ellen Durst, the team works under the supervision of Medical Director Neal Suares, MD.
McAdory, who previously worked in hospital and clinic settings in Bolivar and Washington counties, sees patients from children to adults, and provides primary health care from wellness to managing acute and chronic illness, including DOT physicals and employment screenings.
“The more we can offer in house, the more patients we will see,” she said. “I don’t want to be a car-wash practitioner where we just get them in and get them out. I want to get to know these patients and let them know that I’m here for them.”
Ely, who moved back to the Delta from Tennessee three years ago, offers assessments, psychiatric diagnosis, medication management with a treatment plan and ongoing patient care. She treats mental health issues from ADHD to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She focuses on all ages, especially children.
“There has not really been any services like these for children in the Delta,” Ely said. “There’s a dire need for psychiatric services. They shouldn’t be considered a luxury.”
Ely pointed to the continuity of care provided by the Leland clinic as one of its strong suits. McAdory will refer patients to Ely and vice versa.
Since 2013, the Leland Medical Clinic has been supported by the Delta Health Alliance. 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.
“Having both the physical and psychiatric components together is very unusual and a real bonus,” said Ely. “There is a real spirit of teamwork here and it’s reflected in the care that’s given to these patients.”