Through the efforts of the Eufaula-based Medical Center Barbour, Hurtsboro residents can now head downtown for acute and primary care, immunizations, and more at the Hurtsboro Family Clinic, which opened on Dec. 9.
The Hurtsboro location, managed and operated by family nurse practitioner Pamela Baker, is one of three, small family-care clinics operated by the hospital and designed to meet the medical needs of those in rural areas.
Baker has deep ties to the small town situated in southwestern Russell County. Her mother, Phyllis McCain, was the beloved pharmacist and owner of Moore’s Drugs in the building next door for more than 30 years, which closed following her untimely passing earlier this year.
“Growing up, I remember riding from Auburn to Hurtsboro with her,” Baker said. “While Auburn is my hometown … Hurtsboro is my second home.”
Since starting in medical school, Baker said her long-term dream was to open a medical-care facility in Hurtsboro. After completing her master’s degree in nursing from Auburn University this spring, she said work began in earnest on readying the clinic to open, with renovations being completed in late November.
Following is a list of most services offered by the clinic, which accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and all forms of private insurance:
• acute and primary care for managing chronic conditions
• annual women’s physical exams
• flu shots
• immunizations and pediatric vaccines
• lab sampling and testing
• OBGYN appointments/checkups and
• referrals to specialists.
Baker added that the clinic has the authority to check patients into the hospital of their choice in situations where she and her staff cannot treat them.
Because of the birth of her child last Tuesday night (Dec. 17), Baker will be on maternity leave for the next few weeks, while another family nurse practitioner will oversee the clinic’s operation in her stead.
Currently, the clinic’s operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CT, on Mondays and Fridays. In the spring, Baker said they plan to be open Monday through Friday and explore the possibility of being open one weekend a month to provide patients with additional, flexible hours.
“We want to not only serve Hurtsboro, but the other cities and communities around us like Hatchechubbee, Union Springs and Crawford,” Baker said. “Before, people were having to drive to Tuskegee, Columbus, Phenix City, Auburn or Opelika, and now, they will hopefully have somewhere a little closer to go if a medical need arises.”
As owners of the buildings that house the clinic and Moore’s Drugs, Baker said she and her family’s next steps are to configure a plan for reopening the pharmacy, which is expected to take place next year. She said she looking forward to continuing the legacy of serving the community that her mother set into motion.
“I think my mom would be proud of me and where we are with things now. I just think she would be really proud,” Baker said.
Social media pages and a website are in development. For more information, call 334-232-6551. The clinic is located at 110 Main St. in downtown Hurtsboro.