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KDMC opening new clinics

King’s Daughters Medical Center is opening a pair of new clinics in Brookhaven to bring specialized services closer to home.

KDMC CEO Alvin Hoover said the hospital would begin operating the KDMC Behavioral Wellness Center at the newly-renovated medical arts building on North Jackson Street, and the hospital will also partner with Jackson Heart Clinic to bring cardiologists to Brookhaven at 1014 Biglane Drive, directly adjacent to the KDMC campus. The behavioral wellness center is expected to be up and running by mid-October, and the heart clinic should be treating patients closer to Thanksgiving.

“We’re happy to offer these two new services in Brookhaven,” Hoover said. “Dr. (David) Richardson is home-grown, and it’s great for him to come back and practice in his hometown. Dr. Harper Stone and Dr. Donny Stokes are excellent cardiologists, and to have them in our community every week will be so convenient for many folks in our community who have been making regular treks to Jackson for treatment. I couldn’t be more excited to offer these new services in our town.”

KDMC Director of Marketing David Culpepper said the behavioral wellness center would cover a “broad stroke” of conditions, and will focus on regular checkups and medication regulation for patients with depression, anxiety, post traumatic disorders and other conditions. Richardson is a psychiatrist, and while behavioral health is not the same as mental health — though there is overlap between the two — the goal of the wellness center is to help local patients receive behavioral health care at home and help them remain “plugged-in” to their lives and families, Culpepper said.

“These are conditions every-day people, whom you work and live with every single day, are battling and dealing with, but they are very treatable and people can function at a high level and continue to live very productive lives,” he said. “It’s a tremendous need, not only in our community but in all communities. We’re hoping to address it for Southwest Mississippi.”

The wellness center will be housed at the old medical arts building at 439 North Jackson St., Suite B, a KDMC-owned building that has housed numerous healthcare operations over the years and will continue to house Dr. Daniel Pattie’s dentistry practice. The hospital has remodeled the interior of the larger half of the building to update the facility for new patients, Culpepper said.

Back on the main campus, KDMC is partnering with Jackson Heart Clinic to bring Stokes and Stone to Brookhaven weekly to see local heart patients for checkups, testing, wellness visits and other light cardiology procedures. The heart clinic will be housed in the old orthopedic building at 1014 Biglane Drive.

“Local heart patients can have some of the less-invasive procedures they need done here, so they don’t have to drive to Jackson,” Culpepper said. “This is just another service line we’ve needed to meet in our community.”