23 Dec 2014

Primary Care & Hope Clinic receives grant funding to expand services

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Contact:  Cindy Rhea
Primary Care and Hope Clinic
Phone:  (615) 893-9390 x208

 Primary Care & Hope Clinic receives grant funding to expand services

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (November 19, 2014) – The Primary Care & Hope Clinic has received grant funding to increase access to primary care health services.  The funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides for an additional medical provider and staffing for an on-site pharmacy.   The Primary Care & Hope Clinic is one of twenty-three community health centers in Tennessee that were awarded expansion funding in September.

“These expansion funds will further our mission of serving the uninsured and underserved families in our community by providing increased access to quality, affordable health care,” said Lisa Terry, CEO.  “We are thrilled to add a pharmacy to the direct services we provide our patients.  Our pharmacy program will bring effective and affordable medications to our growing patient population.”

Additional staff hired for the expansion include Clinical Pharmacist Kevin Clement, Nurse Practitioner Mitzi Tuck, and Pharmacy Tech Susan Garza.

Kevin Clement, Clinical Pharmacist, is responsible for development, implementation and oversight of the health center’s new pharmacy program, and once operational, he will provide high-quality pharmaceutical care and medication therapy management to patients.  He was previously employed at the Murfreesboro Kroger Pharmacy on Middle Tennessee Blvd.  Mr. Clement received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer Southern School of Pharmacy in 1989 and completed his Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Pharmacy at MTSU in 1985.  He has certifications in diabetes care and immunization delivery.   Clement served as a committee member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 398 from 1998 to 2014.  In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, golf and spending time with his wife and son and daughter.

Mitzi Tuck, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, is responsible for general patient care including healthcare for chronic and acute illnesses, annual physical exams, immunizations, care for minor injuries and women’s health.  She was previously employed at Centennial Thoracic Surgical Association in Nashville.   Tuck is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.    She received her Master’s degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2013 and her Bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in 1997.

Susan Garza, Pharmacy Tech, comes to the health center with thirty years of pharmacy experience.  She has been a licensed Pharmacy Tech since 2003, and previously worked at Williamson Medical Center.

The health center welcomes new patients.  Call 615-893-9390 to schedule an appointment or go to www.hopeclnc.org to learn more.   The Primary Care & Hope Clinic is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, providing quality, affordable family health services to medically uninsured, underserved, Medicare and TennCare families in Rutherford County and the surrounding area.


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