Relationship strengthens clinic for patients and community
Memorial Hospital acquired the assets of Parkway Medical Clinic on January 2, 2007. W.E. Becknell, M.D. and Nancy Hopkins approached the hospital in an effort to strengthen Parkway’s ability to meet the challenges in an ever changing Medicare and Medicaid environment.
“The assimilation of the Parkway Medical Clinic into the Memorial Hospital family is a really good thing for the community,” said Nancy Hopkins of Parkway Medical Clinic. “The many regulation changes taking place in healthcare with Medicaid and Medicare makes it difficult for a stand alone clinic.”
Much time and discussion between Hopkins, hospital administrators and Parkway Clinic staff members led to the decision to develop a stronger relationship between the two healthcare providers.
“We want to do our part to help Parkway Clinic continue to remain strong,” said Dennis Meyers, Memorial Hospital CEO/President. “The fact that such a longstanding clinic like Parkway approached us is a compliment.”
Patients and physicians will notice little if any change in the daily routine and care provided at Parkway Medical Clinic. All employees and physicians will continue to meet their patients’ healthcare needs with the care and compassion they have always provided. W.E. Becknell, M.D., Kelly Evans, D.O., Suzanne Dansereau, M.D., and Jeanie Stewart, ARNP, will continue to serve their patients without interruption.
“Our new relationship allows Parkway Medical Clinic to focus on our patients while turning the regulatory issues over to the hospital,” said Hopkins. “We can concentrate on taking care of our people.”
For many years Parkway Medical Clinic has contracted with Memorial Hospital to provide on-site laboratory and radiology services. Parkway Medical Clinic has been a part of the community since being opened by W.E. Becknell, M.D. in 1949. Currently the clinic has over 10,000 patient visits each year.
“Our goal as a hospital is to work with physician providers and clinics to enable all of them to thrive in an environment where Medicaid and Medicare continue to change,” said Meyers.