WATER VALLEY–If there is a healthcare need anywhere in the county, Yalobusha General Hospital is interested in fulfilling it.
That’s the goal of hospital administrator Terry Varner and the hospital board and is evident with Monday’s announcement that the hospital will open an adult daycare in Water Valley and break ground on a new health clinic in Coffeeville next month.
Yalobusha General Adult Daycare will open on Frostland Drive in early September and provide companionship and care for seniors who need supervision or assistance during the day.
It’s a project that Varner said has been in the works for almost 18 months as the hospital worked to get approval from Medicaid.
“We have a lot of senior citizens in this community who can benefit from this program,” Varner told the Herald. “They may still live at home with a family member. But with this service, the caregiver will be able to get a little relief, whether it is a half day to run errands or five days a week while they maintain a job.”
The program will be ideal for a patient who is suffering from Alzheimers or dementia.
The hospital will provide transportation if needed, serve meals and coordinate an activity program geared to the patients’ individual diagnosis. The staff will also coordinate with other health-related appointments in the county during the day, providing transportation.
The facility will be open each weekday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. but patients can be eligible for Medicaid assistance with as little as a four-hour visit.
Varner said that self-pay patients are also welcomed, and some longterm care policies also provide coverage for adult daycare.
In Coffeeville, the new clinic will be named the Arrington Medical Clinic for the late Smiley Arrington, Sr.
Arrington served on the Yalobusha General Hospital board from 1987 to 2001 and also served as board chairman.
The clinic will be constructed across from the existing clinic, adjacent to the Yalobusha County Courthouse, on Main Street.
Like the daycare in Water Valley, the actual building will be owned by a third party, who will lease the facility to the hospital, according to Varner.
“It’s going to represent a $620,000 investment and give us more space that we currently have,” Varner said.
The space is needed after the patient load has more than doubled in the last two years.
“We have patients waiting out in their cars,” Varner added.
The ground breaking for the new Coffeeville clinic follows a grand opening back in May for a new hospital-operated clinic in Oakland, giving residents in all three municipalities in the county easy assess to health care.
Varner said a new doctor will be added to the hospital’s payroll to work in the Coffeeville clinic. In fact, an offer has already been extended to a physician in Columbus. The doctor will work with the existing staff that includes F.N.P. Teresa Pickle, R.N. Brittany Allbritton and office manager Tina Hervey.
In Water Valley, R.N. Kim Pullen will be the director of the daycare center. A social worker and nurse’s aid will also be employed at the adult daycare. Meals and housekeeping will be provided using existing personnel employed by the hospital.
For more information about the adult daycare, contact Pullen at the nursing home at 473-5172.