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New Clinic Opens On Main Monday

Dr. G.R. Orndorff

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – The Main Street Wellness Clinic is scheduled to open Monday in Water Valley and will house chiropractor Dr. G.R. Orndorff and registered dietician Alice Anne Lee as well as a new e-clinic. The clinic is owned by Yalobusha Health Services (YHS), formerly Yalobusha General Hospital and Nursing Home.

            “I’m excited about the new opportunities moving downtown has to offer for both the hospital and the community,” Orndorff said. “I’m happy to see Yalobusha Health Services become part of the Main Street movement and growth.”

            Orndorff treats back pain, neck pain, scoliosis, headaches, sports injuries, disc problems, numbness and other neuromuscular disorders by evaluating the spinal column and central nervous system.

            Lee serves as YHS’s registered dietician. She will provide outpatient nutrition counseling in the new clinic on Mondays. Lee already provides nutritional services at the nursing home and hospital, including nutrition assessments, helping with meal planning and offering nutrition counseling for various health issues including diabetes, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, weight loss, weight gain and other medical issues.

            “I love being a part of the Water Valley community and feel honored to offer a new nutrition service to help friends and neighbors live healthier lifestyles,” Lee told the Herald. “Neighbors caring for neighbors is what we strive for at Yalobusha Health Services,” she added.

            YHS administrator Terry Varner also explained the hospital is partnering with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to operate an e-clinic from the new location. Varner reported this partnership will allow patients to see a variety of specialists without having to make a trip to Jackson or Oxford.

            Varner also explained Mississippi is ranked first in the nation for tele-medicine, primarily because of the investment made by UMMC and this new partnership will utilize this technology.

            An open house is scheduled for the new clinic on Sunday, June 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.


More New Services

            Dr. Orndorff is moving from the Medical Arts Building (MAB), and with the move the open space will soon house a new walk-in medical clinic for patients needing quick care. Varner explained the clinic will offer a quick turnaround time as an alternative to visiting Odom Rural Health Clinic, where patients typically undergo a more thorough medical examination.

            “If you have a cold, flu or maybe need a shot, you can go to the walk-in clinic versus waiting for a few hours,” Varner explained. The walk-in clinic is expected to open by late summer.

            “We strive to be more than just the hospital, our existing clinics in Water Valley, Coffeeville and Oakland are truly serving the needs of patients in these communities and our goal is to find other health-care needs that we can provide to keep our patients from having to leave the county,” Varner added.

            Varner pointed to additional new services in the works as YHS including a daycare that will serve hospital employees and other parents in the community.  YHS took over Cotten Candy Daycare at the first of the year and currently operates the service out of the existing building on Main Street. Varner reported the entire operation will move to a new, state-of-the-art building located on Frostland Drive in Water Valley. The site prep work for the 8,000 square feet building will start this month and the facility will accommodate around 60 children.

            The daycare will continue under the direction of Audrey King. A small, home-school school program will continue to operate as part of the facility, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. when the new building is completed.

            Other new services include home personal care, allowing Yalobusha Health Services to provide a sitter or an aid to work in your home. A new sleep lab for sleep study tests is also in the works.


Other Activity

            Varner reported several large projects on the drawing board will be delayed, including the 20-bed assisted living center, a major dining room expansion that would connect the old and new portions of the nursing home and a full exterior renovation on the hospital.

            Varner said the hospital is working to secure a low-interest loan through USDA for the assisted living center.

            “It will slow down the actual construction, we are looking at an 18-24 month time frame,” Varner said. “But we are committed to building the facility.”

            The dining room expansion and exterior renovation will be on hold for a couple of years.

            “There has been some changes with the Affordable Health Care Act. We are going to hold off and make sure,” Varner explained, referring to the amount health care providers receive for services.    

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