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Feeling under the weather? Local health clinic reminds us it's available to all

  • Dr. Tom Martin and Natalie Phelps Finnie provide medical care for patients at Egyptian Health Department's Gallatin County Wellness Center.

    Dr. Tom Martin and Natalie Phelps Finnie provide medical care for patients at Egyptian Health Department's Gallatin County Wellness Center.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

  • Dr. Tom Martin gives a demonstration of an ear exam at the Gallatin County Wellness Center. The clinic, attached to the west side of Gallatin County High School, is available for patients who need to see a doctor.

    Dr. Tom Martin gives a demonstration of an ear exam at the Gallatin County Wellness Center. The clinic, attached to the west side of Gallatin County High School, is available for patients who need to see a doctor.
    Travis DeNeal/Harrisburg Register

 
By Travis DeNeal tdeneal@dailyregister.com
updated: 1/24/2018 1:35 PM

HARRISBURG -- While doctors' offices continue to be busy during flu season, Egyptian Health Department wants to remind area residents that it has a clinic available to all.

The EHD Wellness Center, which is attached to the west side of Gallatin County High School, is an option for anyone needing to visit a doctor, according to Egyptian Health CEO Angie Hampton.

"We are trying to raise awareness that we are a primary care clinic and can provide all services of a primary care clinic," Hampton said.

The Wellness Center may be located by driving around the perimeter of Gallatin County High School, just off of Illinois 13. Frequent signs direct traffic to the correct spot.

Two familiar faces help provide care for patients at the facility: Dr. Tom Martin and family nurse practitioner Natalie Phelps Finnie.

Martin, who practiced for 32 years in Shawneetown, said he has returned from retirement to provide care at the wellness center. He joked that the only learning curve he has experienced has been getting used to newer electronic record keeping. His commitment to quality care for patients remains his priority though, he said.

"Spending time with the patient and providing hands-on care is the only way I know to do my job," Martin said. "And, I will continue to do that."

Phelps Finnie echoed that commitment to patient treatment.

"We are going to take our time and make sure patients will receive the correct treatment," she said.

Hampton said a few misconceptions may keep people from seeking treatment at the clinic. Some people think it's only available to students and staff at GCHS. Others think it's only available to those who qualify as low-income patients. Still others are worried about switching doctors.

None of those are true, though, Hampton said.

Because the clinic also is an urgent care facility, patients may seek treatment there without switching from their primary physicians, Hampton said.

The Wellness Center's services are available to anyone who needs treatment, she said. The clinic accepts most health insurances as well as cash payments for treatment, she said.

Besides urgent care, physicians can see patients for exams, chronic illness, diabetes treatment, high blood pressure treatment and other medical needs.

Martin said he's looking forward to the Wellness Center being a staple of healthcare for the region in the future.

"I want to see the clinic thrive and be here for many years, whether I'm here or not," he said.

For more information, call the Gallatin County Wellness Center at (618) 272-7132.