For many rural areas in the country finding qualified providers to care for their communities can be a challenge. However, over the past few months, Bath Community Hospital has added four physicians to their Emergency Room providers, one general surgeon and two primary care providers in their Rural Health Clinics.
Dr.’s Crosby, Biglow, Benbow, and Carmack are now employed physicians at BCH and will support Dr.’s McCray and Hummel in providing consistent emergency room care to the community. Each specializes in emergency medicine and offers a combined experience of 70+ years. “We are very fortunate to have these providers join our team in the ER. This will allow us to no longer use contracted providers to provide the 24/7 coverage necessary at BCH,” said Kathy Landreth.
Also, BCH added a new General Surgeon Dr. Blake McKibbin in the spring. McKibbin has a private practice in Augusta County and is currently seeing patients in Hot Springs and completing procedures in the hospitals Operating Room. “Dr. McKibbin has been very busy since coming to Bath. So much that we are looking to add additional days to his schedule so he will be able to see more patients,” said Landreth. Currently, Dr. McKibbin is performing Endoscopies, screening Colonoscopies and minor procedures that can safely be performed at BCH.
In their Rural Health Clinics, Bath recently added Ann May, FNP, with 19 years of experience to see pediatric patients. Currently, Ann is located in the Covington location but will start seeing patients in Hot Springs in September. John Stapleton, FNP joined the practice this week. John spent time at BCH during his clinical rotations for his Master’s Degree and is looking forward to being a family practice provider to our communities. These new providers join the primary care team of Dr. Stall, Kim Rexrode, and Pam Crance in the Hot Springs office located on the 2nd floor of Bath Community Hospital as well as Dr. Monroe and Kim Moyers in the Covington office on Riverside Street. “Our main focus is meeting the primary care and wellness needs of the community we serve. We were certainly sad to see Dr. Rizk relocate to Northern Virginia last week. However, we are currently evaluating physician staffing needs in the clinic to determine the feasibility of an additional physician at this time,” said Kathy.
The clinic has also expanded their Behavioral Health program. Providers Donna Mauck and Pari Baker are now available at both locations. Donna primarily sees adult patients and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Pari is a licensed clinical social worker, and her focus is on the children and adolescent populations.