Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 10, 1975 · Page 67
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 67

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 10, 1975
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Monroe Health Center faces recurring financial crises, but cooperation and hard work by many persons are paying off in improved medical care for county. Modern Medicine in a Mini-Package Text by Susan Freis Ezell, photos by Karan Mitchell Highway 219 takes a hard right at , Union's single stoplight. 'Ybii turn with it, then take a left up an asphalt driveway through a, little woods. Up oh top of the small knoll, surrounded by one of those unex- . pected West Virginia vistas of knobby wooded mountains, lies the Monroe Health Center; 'V The parking lot is filled to capacity, about 50 cars. Ah orange and white ambulance waits next to the cinderblock "headquarters"-- a sort, of bachelor apartment wired for sound for the ambulance drivers. ·- - ',. / · · . · · ; · r v': ··;::. Down the walk sits a glistening aluminum trailer marked "Mobile Dental Project" in black stenciled letters. The clinic building, a white prefab with glass doors and no windows, squats behind its new landscaping, a few evergreen shrubs mulched with beach pebbles. Inside, a gentle-voiced receptionist settles patients into a waiting room decorated with photos of Monroe county. The waiting room is crammed full of a cross-section of country people: kids on the floor with the worn clinic toys ; their mothers seated patiently, heads back against the ;walls; men perched uncomfortably, as if worrying about the work they are missing today; wrinkled old co.uples flirting with chubby toddlers. Nurses, doctors and social workers appear periodically, patient file in hand, to call people back into the working offices that lie in a semicircle around the waiting room. i "We offer preventative health ^ care through the county health dei partment programs like Family Planning and Childhood and Youth, - and also continuing health care ^ through the clinic," administrator Mrs. Shirley Neel told me. there are 15 components to the Monroe Health Center's program, including such widely ranging services as mental health, home health services, vaccination, and solid waste disposal. The Center emphasizes its medical screening programs, trying to give each new patient a full physical exam. In this way many chronic health problems have come to light and have been put under treatment. "We see from 1,000 to 1,100 patients each-month," 'said. Mrs. Neel, "and we process about 150 new patients a month." Mrs. Neel works as clerk for the Monroe County Health Dept. as well as administering the "clinic. "We cut corners everywhere, especially personnelwise/It looks like a large staff (16 persons^ but it takes that many." . . - . . . . . . . . Mrs. Neel believes that the flexibility and enthusiasm of the staff is : an important factor in the success of the Monroe Health Center. "The staff here are so dedicated to the delivery of health care. No one ever says to me, "That's not my job,' when I ask them to do something. A social worker may fill in at the front desk or run tapes, if necessary. Everyone goes a little above and beyond the call of duty." Family practice at the Monroe Health Center is a second career for Dr. Clark Hansbarger and Dr. Albert Gelderman. Dr. Hansbarger, whose gandparents were Monroe Countians, was formerly ad- minstrator of a large pediatric ambulatory program at Metropolitan General Hospital in Cleveland and associate professor of pedia- trics at Case Western Reserve University. He became interested in the problems of building adequate health care programs for ru r ral areas while counseling young doctors seeking assignments to "medically deprived" areas in the /United States through the National Health Service Corps as a type of alternate military service. For the first-two years (19724) he shared the clinic practice with Dr. Henry Gewirtz of Boston, an assignee of the.National Health Service Corps. Mrs. Nancy Gewirtz, a talented young social worker with specialized training in health care delivery, served alongside her husband- during those years as the first Health Center administrator. Dr. Albert Gelderman came to the Monroe Health Center in 1974. Formerly he worked 12 years in various phases of cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and four years in Morgantown, where he did black lung research and taught pathology at the West Virginia University. Both doctors are now salaried employees of the National Health Service Corps. In their daily practice Dr. Hansbarger and Dr. Gelderman see patients with every complaint from a bad cold to a heart attack. Many, problems can be treated right at the Health Center. , "We are a primary care operation," explained Dr. Hansbarger, "but because of our remote location we have some of the things that are usually found in a secondary facility, like our EKG, the X- Please turn to page 4m don't stop eating everything ...go ahead and eat sufficiently while you lose that fat GETMDOF5,10 t 250RIK»E Forget those extreme 500 calorie- a-daydiet».Nowyoucaneatsuffi- ciently while you lose pounds of unwanted fit as you follow the X- 11 Reducing Diet Plan. No mining bre*kfMti, lunches, dinner. 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