"Being located on the north side of town will benefit Ozark families as well as families in the surrounding rural communities by giving parents the option of local healthcare saving the time and expense of traveling to a nearby city," says Phyllis Helms, Dothan Pediatric Clinic administrator.
Longtime Dothan pediatrician and Dothan Pediatric Healthcare Network shareholder Dr. Ken Brown will relocate his practice to the Ozark clinic. Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tera Knighton will work in collaboration with Dr. Brown to see patients. In addition, the clinic will employ 16 clinical and clerical staff. All are residents of Ozark. "Having worked for Dothan Pediatric Healthcare Network for a number of years, the Ozark staff will be competently experienced in pediatric healthcare," says Helms. A second pediatrician will join the practice in June 2016.
This expansion is the fourth for Dothan Pediatric Clinic since its beginning in 1953. Helms said Dothan Pediatric Clinic was contacted in March by Dale Medical Center asking about interest in providing pediatric services to the Ozark community. In addition to its second Dothan location on Westgate Parkway, the Dothan Pediatric network of clinics includes a location in Eufaula and Enterprise currently employing 130 people which includes more than 20 healthcare providers.
Ozark Pediatric Clinic hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. by appointment. On the weekend, sick patients can be seen on a walk-in basis at Dothan Pediatric Clinic, 126 Clinic Drive, Dothan. Electronic health records give peace of mind to parents knowing their child's health record is fully accessible at all network clinic locations. An after-hours nurse line is provided for parents with questions and a triage nurse is available to provide assistance with urgent medical problems.
Stephanie Blankenship, assistant economic developer of the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corp., said the city looks forward to having a pediatric provider again. "Dothan Pediatric Healthcare Network has a great reputation. We are excited their leadership sees the potential of Ozark and wants to be a part of our community."