By Tammy Moore Teague
Officials welcomed River Valley Primary Care Services to the City of Waldron on Monday. Attendees included Mayor Neil Cherry, Mayor-Elect David Millard, State Representative Marcus Richmond, Congressman Bruce Westerman, board members of River Valley Primary Care Services as well as the clinic’s medical staff.
River Valley Primary Care Services Board President Gary O’Neal shared the success that the clinic has seen and their plans for future growth. “We started here and have done really well. We have exceeded our expectations, really. We’re very excited about being in Waldron. We have hopes of purchasing the dental clinic next door, although thats a long way off.”
He credits that success to the great work of the board members. “I’m really proud of our board, and of Jerry White our Executive Director.”
In total, RVPCS employs over 100 people across eight clinics. The mission of River Valley Primary Care Services is to provide quality comprehensive and preventive health care to all residents of the Arkansas area without regard to their ability to pay. This federally funded non-profit will expand into Clarksville soon.
Dr. Nathan Bennett and April Revis, APRN are providing imperative medical services to the rural area. “It’s a big deal,” stated Westerman. “To have both a medical doctor and a nurse practitioner in a rural medical clinic like this. We don’t realize the dedication of our rural medical healthcare providers, they are on-call all the time. Thank you for your service and the work that you do.”
Mayor Cherry echoed those sentiments. “It’s great to have this group here. It’s a boost to the City of Waldron and the County of Scott.”
The clinic is located at 2074 Rice Road in Waldron. They are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. You can contact them at 479-668-4700.