New Rural Clinic Coming to Middlebourne
Rural health just got a shot in the arm in Tyler County.
Sistersville General Hospital is moving its rural health clinic to a much larger space in Middlebourne. The clinic will open its doors Jan. 4 and seeks to provide expand primary care service.
“We want to get out into the community,” said John May, Sistersville General Hospital’s chief executive officer.
May said the move to the old Middlebourne rural health clinic would not only provide more space for the new clinic, but would free more space for specialty offerings within the hospital. He described the 3,700 square foot clinic not as an emergency room, but more as a clinic where patients can seek primary care the same as that which their doctors provide. May said in the beginning, a health care provider, a nurse and a nurses assistant would work at the clinic while an attending physician would work there one day a week. The clinic will be open between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on weekends.
May said as volume grows, the clinic would utilize additional staff and perhaps offer more hours for patient service.
“Our goal is to try and make it more convenient for people in outlying areas,” he said.
Melisssa Maston, family nurse practitioner, was born in Sistersville Hospital, looks forward to helping friends and neighbors.
“I feel that the new clinic’s location offers a better opportunity to serve Middlebourne and surrounding areas,” said Maston of Muddy Creek.
Matt Childers, nurse manager, a Tyler County High School alumnus class of 1992, said the new clinic will improve health care accessibility.
“We’re very much looking forward to the move and providing the same health care to the people of Middlebourne,” he said.