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Guest columnists: Group finds healthy future for Owen medical care

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By The Staff

Leadership of Owen County was held on April 7 and the topic was health care.

Our day began at the Owen County Extension office and the first place we went to visit was the New Horizon Specialty Clinic.

The group was taken on a tour of the facility by Donna Cobb and Natasha Taylor. They were very informative as we went through the clinic. It is a beautiful building with a very large waiting room and multiple exam rooms. The clinic has several physicians on staff, all of whom are board certified. They also have specialized physicians who practice several days a week providing cardiology, nephrology, and other specialized areas. The clinic staff reports they have seen an increase in patients since moving to the new building.

After leaving the clinic, we visited the New Horizon Medical Center.

While at the hospital, we toured the lab and x-ray departments. The lab processes almost all of their work in-house, which makes it possible for patients to get immediate results on their diagnosis. While at the hospital, administrator Bernie Poe met with us and was very informative on future plans for the hospital.  

The Medical Center has a helicopter pad which provides access to the larger hospitals when needed for critical care. It also has a therapy department for patient use while hospitalized, and they also offer outpatient therapy.

Our next visit took us to the Owenton Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center where we were greeted by administrator Stacie Shive, activities director Teresa Perry and director of marketing and admissions Pam Smoot.

Teresa gave us a history of Owenton Manor since its beginning in 1979. It opened with one resident and a handful of employees. It is a 100-bed facility that maintains 80 to 90 residents each day. A few of the residents who call it home today also worked there years ago.

Owenton Manor has an excellent rehab to home program that has seen success in rehabilitating residents allowing them to return to their own homes.

The therapy department provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Most of Owenton Manor is comprised of Owen County residents who have lived in county most, if not all, of their lives.

Three Rivers District Health Department was our last stop. We found that not only do they offer home health services to people after getting out of the hospital or nursing home, they also do inspections of eating establishments, schools, and public buildings. They also offer multiple other services to the community.

Overall, we were surprised at the extensive medical services that are available to the people of Owen County.

Our next Leadership of Owen County meeting will be May 5th and the topic will be service to children.