(02/11/2001)
Reprinted from The Minnie Gazette February, 2001

West Fork Primary Care is operated by Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, but is a reality through the efforts of the Minnora Community Center and grants from the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

The surrounding community has warmly welcomed the clinic, which opened this summer.

Mark Hewitt, PA-C, who is one of the medical providers at West Fork Primary Care says, "The warm reception has simply reinforced the staff's willingness to go the extra mile. We try to meet the needs, and we're willing to make changes if we see needs that aren't being met."

"We do physical exams, we treat illnesses and injuries, we help people manage chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension, we give injections and immunizations - these are just a variety of ways we can serve people," says Hewitt.

"This area has traditionally been under-served and locating our clinic here was a way of saying that the area and people in it deserve quality treatment in a quality facility."

In addition to Hewitt, West Fork is staffed by Dr. Therese Stokan and Brenda Yoak, LPN.

Dr. Stoken's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree is from Ohio University. She is Board Certified in Family Practice. In addition to all the other services she can provides a family practice physician, she can treat musculoskeletal problems with osteopathic manipulative therapy.

Mrs. Yoak states, "The goal of this Clinic is to provide quality medical care to the community regardless of the ability to pay."

Also on staff is Sheila Gross, Medical Assistant.

Ms. Gross holds an Associates Degree in Medical Assisting from WV Junior Collage.

Services provided by West Fork Primary Care and Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Inc. include Family and Internal Medicine, Pediatric Services, Emergency/Clinic Coverage, In-Patient and Out-Patient Care, Mobile CT Scanning Mammography, Lab and X-ray Services, and Social Services.

Dr. Stokan will be at the West Fork Clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, Mark Hewitt, PA-C will be available at the regular clinic hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment at the clinic, call 655-8089. Twenty-four hour emergency service phone 304-354-9244.


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