WYMORE — The city of Wymore wouldn’t be the same without its medical clinics, which serve neighbors near and far.
Wymore Medical Clinic has “been here so long, Wymore would be a much different town if the clinic wasn’t here,” said Don Harmon, certified physician assistant at the clinic.
Harmon said the clinic is a benefit to the community, particularly because it is convenient.
“Transportation is still an issue for our patients,” Harmon said. “Older people don’t feel comfortable driving on certain roads. One woman who is 90 years old rides her bike here, weather permitting. It’s common for people to walk here.”
Wymore Medical Clinic is located at North Sixth and West H streets and is owned by Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Care. Its staff includes two physician assistants and a medical director.
Just a block away is the Community Physicians Clinic. Its staff consists of two medical doctors and nurses.
“It’s a wonderful thing,” said Wymore Mayor Milton Pike about having the clinics in town. “Any time that you have a doctor in your town, it’s a blessing.”
Both clinics serve residents of the Wymore Good Samaritan Center.
“They’re past the driving age,” Administrator Dan Gunther said of the 30 individuals who live at the center. “If we lost either (clinic), we’d have to take our residents to Marysville (Kansas) or Beatrice. It’s vitally important.”
Wymore Good Samaritan Center owns three buses, two of which run daily in town and to Beatrice. If there were no clinics in town, the buses would be running a whole lot more, Gunther said.
The clinics also serve residents from surrounding towns in southeast Nebraska and northeast Kansas.
Tami Jones, the licensed practical nurse at Community Physicians Clinic, said its patients are of all ages and area towns.
“Without the clinics, people would have to travel,” Jones said. “It’s handy, especially for older people. It’s much more convenient for them to come here versus driving a half hour or 45 minutes. And we love that we have a pharmacy in town. We support him a lot.”
Jones said staff visits patients at Wymore Good Samaritan Center to save them a trip. Sometimes, they do house calls as well, she said.
“I think we offer that small-town care,” Jones said. “People don’t just feel like a number. I think that’s something a lot of our patients would say.”
Both Jones and Harmon have worked at their respective clinics for 15 years.
Harmon said implementing electronic health records has been the biggest change at Wymore Medical Clinic in the last couple of years and that the clinic consistently receives positive feedback from patient satisfaction surveys. Most of the patients at Wymore Medical Clinic are adults, Harmon said.
Wymore Medical Clinic and its patients benefit from its ties and proximity to BCH, he said.
“People travel to Beatrice all the time,” Harmon said. “It’s nice to have the clinic here and specialties in Beatrice at the hospital.”
The hospital, 18 miles north, offers services the clinic does not, such as surgeries and orthopedic, pediatric and OB/GYN care.
“In addition to ER,” Harmon said. “When people are real sick, we send them there. We benefit from that.”
Both Wymore Fire and Rescue and Beatrice Fire and Rescue can transfer local residents to Beatrice Community Hospital or the Marysville hospital, which Community Physicians Clinic is affiliated with.
“If they need to get an X-ray or see a surgeon, we send patients where they’re comfortable,” Jones said.
Wymore has a population of about 1,430 and is a neighbor to Blue Springs, a town of about 330.
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