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Folks, facilities on the move to Madison

As the population of metro Jackson continues to shift north into Madison County, so do the healthcare needs of those residents who are moving. To help meet those needs, Baptist Health Systems opened its newest medical office facility in Madison approximately a year ago. Located on the corner of Highway 463 and Highland Colony Parkway, the four-story building is approximately 88,000 square feet and houses numerous medial offices and clinics.

On the first floor of the building, the Baptist Medical Clinic-Madison is caring for patients. The clinic has two full-time physicians, R. Allen Sheely, M.D., and William D. Whitton, M.D. Open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the clinic accepts regular and walk-in patients. Also located on the first floor is the Madison Ridgeland Children’s Clinic and the Madison Radiological Group.

The third floor houses the Baptist Cardiology Clinic, Cardiovascular Associates and Mississippi Ear, Nose and Throat Surgical Associates as well as the Baptist Physical Therapy and Sports Care Clinic.

Jackson Eye Associates and The Women’s Clinic are located on the fourth floor. Soon, the Jackson Pulmonary Clinic and the Baptist Nutrition Center will have offices in the building as well.

“We’re not quite full yet, but we are filling up fast,” says Robby Channell, spokesperson for Baptist Health Systems. “The Women’s Clinic just opened in January, and a satellite of the Nutrition Center will open this summer.”

Channell says one of the most popular areas of the building is the Community Room, where Baptist offers free seminars for patients and potential patients. “We conduct regular healthcare seminars on a variety of subjects,” says Channell. “They are very well attended, especially the lunch seminars. We don’t typically charge for the seminars, and we offer complimentary lunch. It’s an opportunity for our doctors and staff to have one-on-one time with the public to explain particular procedures, as well as to discuss preventative measures.”

The seminars are primarily targeted to women, as they tend to be the primary decision makers when it comes to their own healthcare and the healthcare of their family members.

The most popular seminar, according to Channell, is probably the Mother/Daughter seminar, which is conducted a couple of times a year. “The upcoming seminar booked up two days after it was announced. We have another one in August that is almost full.”

Channell says that most of the seminars are recorded and are made available via podcasts on their Web site. “Anyone can go to www.mbhs.org/insideout and find selections to download on a variety of topics. They can be listened to on the Web site, or downloaded free on itunes.com.”

Channell says that from November 2006 to November 2007, there were 9,600 hits on the Web site, and more than 2,200 downloads to MP3.

Another service Baptist is offering at the new medical center is the popular $25 “Every Day is Heart Day” heart screening, which includes an electrocardiogram (EKG), blood chemistry profile, triglyceride and cholesterol testing, cardiac risk analysis and stroke and hypertension screening.

“It’s a great value, so there’s no reason why everyone shouldn’t go get their heart checked,” Channell says.

The medical offices are located on 60 acres owned by Baptist Health Systems.

“We are constantly monitoring the needs of the area and as healthcare needs increase, we’ll add another building. We may possibly add out-patient surgery in the future. Basically, what we’ll be doing is forming a medical campus on our Madison property,” Channell explains.

Contact MBJ contributing writer S.J. Anderson at andersonwrites@yahoo.com .

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