04/27/2007

 

WVU Gilbert Specialty Clinic Offers Free Screenings

Top University Specialists Offer Local Care
 

GILBERT, W. Va. – The West Virginia University Gilbert Specialty Clinic will offer free health screenings, Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. until noon, in the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert, W. Va.

The free screenings offered include cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure checks. Results will be analyzed at WVU Hospitals. Physicians from WVU and local officials will be on hand at the clinic that serves Mingo County.

Established by James Brick, M.D., professor and chair of medicine and leader of the section of rheumatology and John Brick, M.D., professor and chair of neurology, the Gilbert Specialty Clinic recently received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Service.

 James Brick, M.D., professor and chair of medicine and leader of the section of rheumatology at WVU  John Brick, M.D., professor and chair of neurology at WVU

“When it comes to service, WVU’s community is the entire state,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “This clinic is a continuation of that, as Dr. James Brick, and his brother, Dr. John Brick, have begun a long-term relationship with the people of Mingo County and the surrounding area.”

The pair have begun seeing 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.

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
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