Several of the personnel will be working at the Primary Care clinic adjacent the hospital as well as in the hospital’s emergency room.
In making the announcement, Coleman said the hospital was also introducing a new program to patients by offering the services of a Hopitalist. “The Hospitalist’s role is to provide care to patients admitted to the hospital,” Coleman explained. The Hopitalist cares for the patient during their inpatient stay, primarily those patients who do not have a local physician. They will also be working concurrently as an Emergency Room physician.”
The Hopitalist will also partner with the patient’s family doctor to provide a continuum of care and to assist in coordinating specialized treatment after the patient leaves the hospital. In addition, the Hopitalist is in regular communication with the patient, the patient’s family and their local physician.
Being added to the staff will be Dr. Clifford Poppens, Dr. Lauren Blackwelder, and Dr. Shea Godwin, who is scheduled to begin work in July. Also on the staff are Holly McCormick, ARNP and Melissa Murphy, a C-PA who is scheduled to begin her duties later this month.
Dr. Blackwelder began work at the hospital beginning shortly after the first of January and is the Emergency Room Medical Director. She also serves as medical director for the ambulance service.
Among her duties will be as a supervisor for the nurse practitioner and of the Physician’s Assistant at the Primary Care Clinic.
Dr. Blackwelder received her medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dr. Blackwelder has practiced Emergency Medicine in area hospitals and in St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Dr. Blackwelder is Board Certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Pediatrics. She and her husband Eric live in Murray with their two sons, Jacob and Nicholas.
Dr. Poppens is a resident of Trigg County, having moved here from his practice in Owensboro. His wife, Faye, is an Registered Nurse at Jennie Stuart Hospital in Hopkinsville and her family is from the Pembroke area.
For more on the new doctors at TCH, see this week's Cadiz Record.