01/08/2007

WVU to Open Mingo County Clinic

Top University Specialists to Offer Local Care

                          

GILBERT, W.Va. – Two of West Virginia University’s leading physicians will soon be holding regular office hours in Mingo County, says John Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine.

“Dr. James Brick, professor and chair of medicine and leader of our section of rheumatology, and his brother, Dr. John Brick, professor and chair of neurology, will be the first faculty physicians to hold office hours at the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert,” Dr. Prescott said. “We consider this the start of a long-term relationship with the people of Mingo County and the surrounding area.”

The pair are already making appointments with patients in the region. James Brick, M.D., will care for people with arthritis, lupus, bursitis, gout and other rheumatic diseases. John Brick, M.D., offers help to patients suffering from persistent headaches, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, tremors and other movement disorders.

“We’re very appreciative of the work that Buck Harless and his late wife, June, did to bring this facility to Gilbert,” John Brick said. “Providing a place for people to exercise and learn has done so much to raise the health status of people in Mingo County. I’m looking forward to contributing in a small way to that effort.”

“My brother and I are from southern West Virginia, and we know that access to health care is an issue for many people here,” said Jim Brick. “WVU is committed to serving the entire state, and I have long supported an outreach effort in the coalfields.”

Both doctors stressed that day-to-day care of patients will remain with the primary-care physicians serving the area. “Our goal is to reduce the burden on patients who have to travel long distances to see a specialist,” John Brick said.

The clinic will be operated by WVU’s University Health Associates and will accept most insurance and government coverage. For appointment information, please call WVU toll-free at 1-866-WVU-9247 (1-866-988-9247).

In addition to having office hours at the clinic, the doctors will be available to consult by phone with patients and local physicians. In the future, WVU will add other specialists to the clinic and establish a telemedicine link to the main campus in Morgantown.

Rebecca Schmidt, D.O., a WVU kidney specialist, plans to see patients there later this year. Dr. Schmidt is a leader of the university’s statewide rural nephrology program.

The Larry Joe Harless Community Center was built in 1999 with contributions from Gilbert businessman James H. (Buck) Harless and his late wife, June, and named in memory of their late son. The 65,000-square-foot building includes swimming and athletic facilities, educational and conference centers, and an amphitheater and pavilion.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
bovinost@wvuh.com
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