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ICSM clinic gets $25,000 from BB&T

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

A new nonprofit medical clinic received a financial boost from a local bank on Monday.

BB&T presented the ICSM Medical Center, in Suite 206 of the Martinsville Medical Building on Hospital Drive, $25,000 to use toward operating costs.

The clinic is run by the Integrative Centers for Science and Medicine.

ICSM President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Noel Boaz said the donation was the largest one the clinic has received. He said it shows the local corporate community is interested in helping the clinic succeed.

Barry Jarrett, BB&T’s city executive for Martinsville, said the bank provided the money because “we like to give back to our community.”

It is “a generous, generous donation,” said ICSM board member Naomi Hodge-Muse.

The check presentation was held during an open house at the clinic, which has attracted about 50 patients since it opened to the public on March 31, according to Office Administrator Robbin Hall.

Boaz said the goal is to receive at least 2,000 patients this year. That will be a challenge, he acknowledged.

But “I think we can do it,” he said, by providing excellent service.

Hall said the clinic is doing “a lot of outreach” to church and civic groups in trying to recruit patients. It also is working on developing partnerships with community organizations such as the YMCA, she said.

The clinic offers basic medical care but puts emphasis on trying to prevent illnesses. By providing an unlimited number of visits for an annual fee, it is designed to make care more affordable than going to a traditional clinic.

For an adult, the yearly fee for medical care is $350. Discounts are given for children and more than one member of a household. For certain services, such as special tests, the clinic may charge an additional fee representing its cost to provide the service plus 10 percent, according to the ICSM’s website and information posted at the clinic.

Because the clinic does not take insurance, its medical staff does not have to comply with rules that insurance companies place on clinics that can limit the time doctors spend with patients. As a result, doctors at the ICSM clinic can spend more time with patients and give better care, officials maintain.

“It’s old-style medicine,” Boaz said. “The doctor listens to you ... and you have time to get all your points across” to the physician.

Although the clinic does not take insurance, patients can submit their bills from the clinic to insurance companies for reimbursement, according to the ICSM’s website.

Kim Boyd of Martinsville was among the crowd at the open house. She said the clinic is “a good idea. I hope it will be successful.”

Dr. Howis Toler, who practiced in Martinsville before moving to Indiana, is coming back to be the clinic’s full-time medical director, Hall said.

Dr. Bozenna Liszka and Dr. Kimberly Matchett are treating patients at the clinic on a part-time basis. Matchett is an obstetrician-gynecologist but is providing family practice-type health care at the clinic, Hall emphasized.

“We have aspirations of starting a natural birthing center here” as well as a behavioral health program, Hall said.

“They will come to fruition” eventually, she said, but no date has been set because the focus now is on providing the best basic care possible.

The doctors are assisted by one nurse on the clinic’s medical staff.

The clinic is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The ICSM also is establishing a medical school in Martinsville.

 

 
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