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SoutheastHEALTH opens primary care clinic in Jackson

SoutheastHEALTH opened its newest primary care clinic at 2600 East Main St. in Jackson this month, with a ribbon cutting held on Dec. 10. The clinic started seeing patients on Dec. 2.

The 11,652 square foot clinic includes 10 exam rooms, one procedure room, onsite x-ray, ultrasound and lab services and a retail pharmacy with drive through. Along with support team members, the facility will be staffed by Jackson natives Dr. Jamie Harrison and Dr. Joey Starke.

With the main goal to improve the health of the Jackson community in mind, the design of the clinic provides patients with high quality medical care and supporting services that further support Southeast’s mission of focusing on the whole individual rather than episodic care thereby delivering an optimal patient experience and better outcomes.

Ken Bateman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SoutheastHEALTH, said the primary care clinic continues Southeast’s goal to improve the health of the Jackson community.

Jackson was the home of Southeast’s first outreach office outside of Cape Girardeau in 1990, and Southeast’s presence in Jackson now includes HealthPoint Fitness and Rehab and Southeast Convenient Care.

“I think many people feel, and I would agree, that primary care is really the bedrock for a community – in terms of where you start your medical treatment,” Bateman said. “So having access to this type of primary care facility is a great addition to this community.”

Bateman added that the new facility has been in the works for several years and would not have existed without Harrison.

“When I first came to SoutheastHEALTH, she told me that she grew up in Jackson, she lives in Jackson, she loves Jackson and she’d like to practice in Jackson – so I said that I’d try to make it a reality,” Bateman said at the ribbon cutting.

Harrison said it has been a true honor to practice in Jackson and be able to take care of people she grew up with and who helped raise her.

“There’s really not a greater honor than to be here,” Harrison said. “Dr. Starke and I both grew up here, so we’re both very dedicated to this town.”

Starke said the new clinic will allow those living in Jackson and the surrounding areas a place to get several of their health care needs met at the same location and in the same day.

“I didn’t feel like we had a lot of the resources like the big city did, growing up,” Starke said. “A lot of people that I remember traveled to St. Louis or Memphis for that kind of care.”

The Jackson facility is designed to accommodate future expansion of up to 20,000 square feet. Other SoutheastHEALTH primary care clinics are located in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Malden, Bernie, Sikeston, Perryville, Poplar Bluff, Bloomfield and New Madrid.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past four years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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