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New rural health clinic providers say hello to Winfield

Winfield Clinic hosted an open house to introduce new staff members to the community

Photo by Kayli Reese

The children’s exam room at the Winfield Clinic is painted with Dr. Seuss characters to make the room more inviting. Attendees of the clinic’s open house could view all of the rooms, including this one.
Photo by Kayli Reese The children’s exam room at the Winfield Clinic is painted with Dr. Seuss characters to make the room more inviting. Attendees of the clinic’s open house could view all of the rooms, including this one.
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WINFIELD — Winfield Clinic opened its doors to the community in order for residents to meet new providers serving Henry County Health Center’s rural health clinics, serving up tours and cake to attendees.

The Winfield Clinic, located at 110 W. Pine St., held an open house Wednesday evening. Visitors were able to meet with staff and take a look into all the rooms. 

The Wayland Clinic also will hold an open house on Monday, June 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Henry County Health Center has rural health clinics in four places: Winfield, Wayland, New London and Mt. Pleasant in the hospital building.

Shelley Doak, public information director at the Henry County Health Center, said the new providers took on their new roles about two months ago.

“We wanted to introduce them to the community,” she said.

Joel Ryon is the medical director who splits his time between all of the clinics, Doak said, and Jessi Richmond and Ashely Greiner are two advanced registered nurse practitioners who work at both the Winfield and Wayland clinics.

The Winfield office itself holds three exam rooms, one of which is a children’s exam room, a lab, an office for staff and a reception area. 

Greiner said the clinic sees about 10 people per day, and a majority of care goes toward chronic illness, which treats various things that need monitoring, and acute care. 

The lab is able to draw anything needed for testing, she said, and the samples are sent to Mt. Pleasant. Often, she said results come back quickly. 

Minor surgical procedures, such as incision and drainage, can also be performed. 

Richmond said the clinic also focuses on wellness visits, preventive care and women’s health. 

“We see babies up to life span,” she said, noting that multiple familial generations come into the clinic. 

She also said the Winfield Clinic connects with all the other clinics, so patients can go to any facility they need to or want to.

Clinics provide easy access to care for small town residents, Greiner said. Towns like Winfield can have limited resources when it comes to health care. 

Having clinics in rural areas means patients don’t have to travel as far to bigger facilities like Mt. Pleasant if they can’t, Richmond said. 

“Some people like the smaller focus,” she said. “At a bigger hospital, it’s not as individualized.”

The Wayland Clinic will hold an open house on Monday, June 24, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Wayland Economic Development Group.