By Lindsey Temple
News Star Reporter
Thursday marks the grand opening of Pauls Valley’s first and only clinic for children and women’s wellness.
Recognizing a need for this type of family care, the clinic has been a long time dream of Dr. Susan Jones.
“It’s exciting for our rural area to have access to medical care for women and children. It’s a pleasant environment and we are really excited about it, “ Jones said.
Jones will specialize in women’s health while Dr. Lisa Hoffman, who was chief resident at OU medical center for one year and on staff for an additional year, will be Pauls Valley’s first pediatrician.
“Pauls Valley is home for me and I’m just really excited to be coming back to take care of our kids with a focus on preventative medicine and wellness and an emphasis on immunizations,” Hoffman said.
The Registered Nurse and office manager for the clinic will be Rita Phillips, who happens to be Hoffman’s mother.
“Garvin County and surrounding areas have a need for this type of women’s health service. It will also keep patients here, in the area, they won’t have to travel,” explained Phillips.
“And hopefully around March we will have Dr. (Tammy) Hicks join our team,” said Phillips.
Dr Hicks will offer obstetrics for the clinic patients, Phillips added.
Diabetic foot care for adults and seniors will also be offered at the clinic.
Construction for the Pauls Valley General Hospital outreach clinic started in early summer with a goal to finish the project by August 15.
Colorfully painted rooms line the long hallway of the newly built clinic, along with a large waiting room, a meeting room and a room that will later be used for support groups and education classes for the general public.
“This is just a great opportunity to have this type of clinic; it will be good for the women and children of the Pauls Valley area,” said Phillips.
The clinic will host an open house to the public on Thursday and later that afternoon they will begin seeing patients.