The long awaited access to primary care and medical services are now available in Darby. Bitterroot Physicians Clinic South has a grand opening with tours, the opportunity to meet the staff and learn about the medical services from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. The Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce is having a ribbon cutting at 11:45 a.m., at noon is a catered barbeque by Naps Grill.
Nurse Practitioner Katherine Herczeg, medical assistant and laboratory technician Dawn Gettings, receptionist Kailey Bergren and the 24-hour paramedics staff Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital’s Bitterroot Physicians Clinic South.
The first patient at the new clinic was Michael Campbell, owner of Little Blue Joint restaurant in Darby. He had hurt his hand in a working accident and was being driven to the hospital in Hamilton when he remembered a friend telling him the Darby clinic was open.
“We were about to drive by and instead we pulled in and I got fixed up,” he said. “In Darby, you know everyone in town. I knew the receptionist and felt at home right away. They fixed my finger. It’s good to have someone like that in town.”
Campbell said the clinic was inviting.
“The clinic isn’t bright light and white walls,” he said. “In some places you’re scared to death because you hurt yourself and it feels like an institution. This waiting room was comforting with nice decorations and colors.”
Darby resident Laura Mullen said the care she received at Bitterroot Physicians Clinic South was beyond her expectations.
“I was really, really happy with my visit,” Mullen said. “I felt like I had my own private medical staff. They were paying that much attention to what I was saying. They are great listeners and take their profession seriously.”
Mullen said she went in for one simple thing and another medical problem was discovered during the exam.
“That was huge,” she said. “My husband is a veterinarian and he is always talking about nose to tail exams. I was very impressed with the staff. I hope the community recognizes how fortunate they are.”
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Mullen said she is spreading the word throughout the community that the clinic is open.
“Katie is extraordinary,” Mullen said. “She has ultimate compassion and is a great listener. I feel reassured and I feel good about my visits.”
Bitterroot Physicians Clinic South Nurse Practitioner Katherine Herczeg is new to Montana. She said the clinic opened the end of August and is getting busier every week.
“Darby is neat,” she said. “People are stopping in to say hello and word of mouth is traveling.”
The clinic offers primary care and walk-in urgent care services.
“We are seeing a lot of walk-ins, sick visits and injuries,” she said. “We’re starting to see more folks use us a chronic disease management and transferring their care here. They come here to have their lab work done.”
All the basic lab work like urinalysis has results right away. The other test results are usually by the next day. The hope is to have a digital X-ray machine at the Darby clinic.
“I hope in the future we have a pharmacy, also, saving them the difficulty of traveling to Hamilton,” Herczeg said. “I’ve had people come from Salmon, Idaho, which is surreal to me because I come from Georgia where people have more access to care so the concept of people driving that far for healthcare is wild. You do what you’ve got to do for health care.”
Herczeg said her background has included emergency medicine, cardiac and primary care. She said the clinic gets great support from Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
“If our ambulance crew is out on a call far south, Hamilton is aware and they usually send an ambulance to cover their back,” she said. “Recourses are big and being affiliated with Marcus Daly we have other options and resources.”
Attend the open house for the Bitterroot Physicians Clinic South from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 3334 Dvn Lane (of Highway 93), Darby.