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Princeton Family Physicians transitions to Perry Memorial Health Clinic

Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:25 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:49 p.m. CST
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Princeton Family Physician staff (from left) Dr. Robert Mestan, Dr. Arnold Faber and nurse practitioner Trudy Argubright pose in front of Perry Memorial Hospital, where they will become staff members in late August. The current Princeton Family Physicians office will transition on Aug. 25 into the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic, while keeping the same location and phone number.

PRINCETON — The current Princeton Family Physicians Clinic in Princeton is transitioning into the Perry Memorial Health Clinic.

On Tuesday, Perry Memorial Hospital President/CEO Rex Conger issued a release, stating the change will take place Aug. 25, at which time Princeton Family Physicians Clinic staff Dr. Arnold Faber, Dr. Robert Mestan and nurse practitioner Trudy Argubright will join the Perry Memorial staff.

The new Perry Memorial Health Clinic will be located in the same location as the Princeton Family Physicians Clinic, have the same phone number, and all current patient medical records will remain with the clinic, Conger said.

“Patients will continue to see friendly and familiar faces in the office and clinical staff as they join Perry Memorial,” Conger said. “In addition, Perry Memorial will continue to add providers to ensure access to care and services for our patients.”

Perry Memorial Hospital has already placed another physician, Dr. Nadia Momin (family practice) into the office to help take care of patients since Dr. Martin Faber’s retirement, Conger said Wednesday. The hospital also plans to add additional nurse practitioners who will make it easier for patients to receive more timely appointments and will, in time, allow them to expand hours of service.

“The intent of Perry Memorial is to consistently assure access to the highest quality care and customer service that it can provide,” Conger said. “With the Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic, we will be able to have the opportunity to continue to grow the number of primary care physicians and nurse practitioners that are available to serve the needs of our service area.”

Also, with more providers, it will be easier for the hospital to recruit additional physicians and nurse practitioners into the clinic, Conger added. As additional nurse practitioners and physicians are added, the clinic will be in the position to accept new patients and expand clinic hours.

At the same time that Princeton Family Physicians becomes Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic, Perry Memorial Hospital is starting a new Hospitalist Service.

Explaining the new service, Conger said Hospitalist Services utilize physicians who specialize in taking care of patients who are admitted to the hospital. Hospitalists consistently utilize proven “best practices” to assure consistency and quality care for in-patients. The hospitalists are paid by the hospital to focus their attention on the patients for whom they are caring while the patient is in the hospital. In this way, hospitalists are more readily available to respond to the in-patient’s needs, he said.

Again, this hospitalist service will help Perry Memorial Hospital recruit additional physicians and other providers to the community because they will be responsible for less time being on-call for the hospital and their “home/work” balance is what most younger physicians are wanting in their careers, Conger said.

As stated in Tuesday’s press release, “the new Perry Memorial Family Health Clinic will enable Perry Memorial to grow and recruit additional providers to ensure long term stability of the clinic; provide patients access to primary care with current and expanded services; and allow the hospital to continue to provide the compassionate and quality healthcare services which has been the hospital’s mission since 1920.”

A letter was sent July 3 from the Princeton Family Physicians to the patients to inform them of the upcoming change.

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