By Carol Wolfenbarger
President/CNO, Mission Hospital McDowell
I am thrilled to let you know that Phase 1 of our parking lot project is now complete, with ample flat parking available in front of both Entrance 1 (Emergency Entrance) and Entrance 2 (Main Entrance) to better serve our community. With the completion of Phase 1, we have moved on to Phase 2, which temporarily closes Entrance 3 (Mission Health Center – McDowell). During Phase 2, patients seeking care at one of our on-site practice should use Entrance 2. Team members will be available to assist you with additional wayfinding to help you reach our clinics.
With logistics behind us, it gives me great pleasure to focus on our primary care and specialty services we offer to community members as partners to improve your health. To ensure ease of access, we have strategically placed our clinics in each community. With primary care practices in Nebo, Glenwood, Old Fort, Marion, and Burke County, we are positioned to serve you close to home. Our physicians in those offices, Dr. Adam Kinninger (Nebo), Dr. Jesse Pace (Glenwood), Dr. Brian Ware (Old Fort), Dr. Edward St. Bernard and Dr. Laila Awny (Marion), and Dr. Scott Scoggins (Burke), love to provide excellent care and they are supported by strong teams of advanced practitioners, nurses and office staff. To assist the primary care providers and to manage more complex patients, numerous specialty care services are offered right here as part of Mission Hospital McDowell. These include general surgery, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, cardiology, OB/GYN, and cancer care.
Primary care practices focus not only on treating illness, but also on keeping you well. We offer both wellness checkups and sick visits – many with same day appointments. Should the office not be able to see you on the same day of an illness, all of the primary care practices are supported by the Mission MyCare Now – McDowell walk-in clinic, located at Entrance 4 on the hospital campus, and open 7 days a week, from 7am to 10pm. There you will see a dedicated provider without having to go to or bear the higher expense of the Emergency Room.
Our providers’ passion for patient care is quite special. For example, Dr. Adam Kinninger (Nebo), leads all primary care practices across the East Region for Mission Health, and he serves as the Sports Medicine Director for McDowell County Schools. For him, developing meaningful and lasting relationships with patients is paramount. “If we can really get to know someone – not only their health history but what is going on in their lives, like their family, interests, and work – we can build trust and learn what motivates them to partner with us in their care,” explains Dr. Kinninger.
General Surgeon Dr. Daniel McLaughlin cites the advantages of Mission Hospital McDowell’s new hospital and medical office building, stating that it’s now both easier and quicker to connect patients to whatever treatment they need. “Recently, a patient came to MyCare Now – McDowell complaining of abdominal pain. Once it was discovered that surgery was needed, the patient was able to move directly to the hospital instead of going to the ED first.”
These are just two highlighted examples of the many expert care examples provided across our community; the point is this: Mission Health has developed a robust, integrated system of care – focused directly on serving you. Our care includes outpatient primary and specialty care, a walk-in clinic with extended hours (MyCare Now) and state-of-the-art hospital services all to help you have a healthier life.
Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE, is President of Mission Hospital McDowell. She holds both Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in nursing administration from the University of Tennessee, is board certified in Healthcare Management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Carol, who has served hospitals and health systems for more than three decades, has worked to add full-time cardiology services, led growth in outpatient services including imaging and surgery, and the expansion of primary care offering in Burke County since assuming her role as President at McDowell Hospital in 2015. She is an active member in Rotary and serves as a Board member for the Rutherford/Polk/McDowell Health District Board of Directors, the Corpening YMCA Board of Directors, and the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.