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Mountain Region Family Medicine now seeing patients in downtown facility

December 27th, 2011 5:13 pm by Staff Report

Mountain Region Family Medicine now seeing patients in downtown facility

With the move to the Kingsport Press Building, Mountain Region Family Medicine combined three of its four Kingsport locations into one facility and now occupies the entire second floor of the Press Building.

Mountain Region Family Medicine (MRFM) is now seeing patients at its new location in the newly-renovated historic Kingsport Press Building.


The move is good for both patients and physicians, according to Jerry Flannery, administrator, MRFM. Patients will get the advantage of extended services, and the practice will gain a consolidation of support services.


With the move to the Kingsport Press Building, Mountain Region Family Medicine combined three of its four Kingsport locations into one facility and now occupies the entire second floor of the Press Building. Physicians in the new facility include Drs. Arthur Boyd, Gary Casey, Andy Delwadia, Robert Funke, Eric Harman, Mack Hicks, Michael Kauzlarich, Aaron Metcalf, Kevin Misischia, W. Michael Smith and Bruce Vincent. All of the physicians, with the exception of Dr. Delwadia, practice family medicine; Dr. Delwadia is an internist. A new nurse practioneer, Brooke Gibson, recently joined MRFM.


The new location features full lab services plus ultrasound, x-ray imaging and dexascan for bone density scanning. "We have an older patient population base, and sending those patients to the hospital for testing is often a trying experience for them," Flannery said. "Now we are able to offer many services here, and know that our patients will receive personalized excellent quality care."


Wanda Trent, corporate secretary and billing administrator, said the group provides "cradle to grave" healthcare services. "What our physicians provide is both wellness care and wellness checkups for patients as well as chronic disease management for patients with chronic illnesses," Flannery added.


"The best way to describe our practice is multi-talented, multi-tasking physicians," he said. "Our physicians also leave room in their daily schedule to see patients who wake up ill in the morning and have a need to see their physician that day."


MRFM chose to keep its Colonial Heights office open for the convenience of the patients. "Some of our patients in Colonial Heights felt it was just too far to travel downtown," Flannery said. "Mountain Region felt we could better serve those individuals by staying in that location." The Colonial Heights office of MRFM is staffed by Drs. Roger Archer, Richard Brandon and Christopher Matthews.


The practice has two additional locations in Virginia - one in Gate City staffed by Drs. Wesley Eastridge and Paul Black, and one in Nickelsville staffed by Dr. Gregory DeMotts.


Mountain Region Family Medicine was initially formed in 1985 when three physicians left another practice to form their own group. The group at that time was called Kingsport Family Practice Associates. In 1990, two additional doctors joined the group, and they moved to a location at Park Drive and became known as Park Drive Family Practice. With the addition of several physicians in 1995, the group decided to change its name to Mountain Region Family Medicine.


"Over the years, Mountain Region has considered becoming a multi-specialty practice, but the doctors chose to stay a primary care practice," Trent said.


"This group of physicians is very community-oriented, and it was that dedication to community that led the group to look to the downtown area for consolidation of services," Flannery added. Dr. Daniel Dickerson, who is retiring at the end of the year, suggested the practice look for a downtown location and Dr. Bruce Vincent suggested the group contact the City of Kingsport to see if there was a location that MRFM could work with the City to develop. Working with Mayor (Dennis) Phillips, City Manager John Campbell, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, and the KEDB culminated in this project’s success.


"These physicians have a strong sense of community and that is the main reason for locating in the Kingsport Press Building. By a unanimous vote from our physicians, we are also sponsoring the Carousel Project, the Kingsport Ballet, and we support many other non-profit community groups," Flannery said.


Trent said two of the doctors work with SelfRefind, a drug treatment program, and several provide services to Friends in Need healthcare clinic for the region’s under-insured.


MRFM staffs more than 85 employees, and more than 45,000 patients in the Tri-Cities region call a MRFM physician their family doctor. Both Flannery and Trent attributed the large patient base to the excellent medical care with access to state-of-the-art technology offered in a warm, caring and compassionate environment.


The practice is accepting new patients at all locations and will be glad to address your medical needs. For more information, please call 423-230-2100 or visit the website at www.mrfm.net.

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