By Ryan Alves, The News-Enterprise
The focus of Hardin Memorial Health’s Internal Medicine and Pediatrics practice, which celebrated a ribbon cutting Thursday at its new facility off Ky. 313 in Radcliff, can be summed up in one word: Family.
The practice moved into the Nature Trail Medical Plaza about three weeks ago, according to Dr. Amanda Chism, one of four providers in the building.
“It’s been amazing,” Chism said. “This building and space is even better than I could have dreamed it would become. We were in a much smaller location and it fit our needs for a while, but we very quickly out grew it.”
The new location bolsters a near 16,000-square-foot facility dedicated to health care for the entire family — infants, children, adolescents and adults. In the health field, the practice commonly is known as Med-Peds, a shortened version of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.
Chism said the office is one of only six Med-Peds practices in Kentucky.
“There are a lot of Med-Peds physicians out there, but to have the ability to grow a true Med-Peds clinic, that is pretty unique,” she said. “And it’s pretty amazing to have a building that supports that, too.”
One of Chism’s colleagues, Dr. Bethany Haynes, is a newcomer to HMH, having
joined the health group in November.
Originally from Madisonville, she had been training in North Carolina before moving to the area.
“I was drawn here for this Med-Peds opportunity,” Haynes said. “We’ve already seen an increase in patient volume. And that’s what we hoped would happen, to be able to serve a greater area.”
What recently was Appliance Parts of Radcliff, the entire medical plaza covers 21,000 square feet, which also includes a separate practice for therapy and sports medicine.
Several different features are included in the spacious practice.
The office features 18 different basic exam rooms, each one adorned with local artwork by students from Meade County and John Hardin high schools.
Consultation rooms also allow for greater individual patient privacy.
The building also has two procedural rooms used for more in-depth work such as getting IVs and sutures.
Provider and nurse work stations are next to each other promoting greater collaboration.
An in-house lab allows the practice to do on-site blood draws. Eventually, the practice also hopes to take walk-in blood draws.
The check in and check out areas feature two sides — one for sick patients and one for well patients — to help with eliminating the spread of germs. On the well side, children can take their mind off a trip to the doctor by playing with toys and an interactive, state-of-the-art video game, which is projected through the floors.
The Med-Peds facility also features an X-ray department with its own waiting room and bathroom, offering any X-ray services through HMH.
X-rays will be done in-house and read by a radiologist through a computer system.
Another unique aspect of the practice is its lactation specialist, which helps coach and inform nursing mothers. A lactation room offers visiting mothers plenty of privacy if the need arises.
“For this to be a public opportunity is really unique,” Chism said.
She said giving families the option to create and foster connections with their doctor throughout their stages of life is a huge benefit.
“A lot of people start seeing a new provider around 18 or 21, but the fact that they are able to stay with us instead of moving on is really beneficial,” Chism said. “Family really is our focus.”