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Valerie J. Carpenter
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When he bought the old Heilig-Meyers building on Main Street Madison almost two years ago, chiropractor Cliff Hill had a goal of reviving the downtown area.
“I believe Madison can be revived,” Hill said. “All it will take is just those that are willing to get involved and make it happen.”
With Madison Medical Group's move to the third floor of the building recently and Hospice coming soon as well, Hill says that his expectations have been exceeded.
The building was already home to Hill’s Chiropractic and the Southern Fitness gym both of which opened early this year.
“This is just a preview of what Main Street can become when everyone gets on board,” Hill said.
Hill says he owes the building’s progress on many people, including his parents.
“My dad’s construction crew did the renovations throughout the building,” Hill said.
Hill also recognized Madison Medical Group, who financed their floor and provided additional parking.
Dr. Ron Stollings, one of the physicians that make up the practice along with Dr.’s Robert Adkins and Mark Snyder, says that the move is a positive one for both MMG and Madison.
“It can only be good for the city’s revitalization,” Stollings said.
The staff of MMG plans to provide the same services as before, according to practice manager, Phyllis Huffman, with a few changes.
"We have started using the electronic medical records and we also have more advanced diagnostic equipment," Huffman said.
According to Stollings, the new office will allow more room for patients, so that the physicians will no longer need to stagger their hours.
"Each room has its own keyboard to make electronic record keeping more efficient," he said.
The lab, which could only service one patient at a time, now has two stations where technicians can draw blood as well.
Other amenities at the new MMG office include a working elevator, ample parking, hardwood floors, and a big screen TV in the waiting room.
"All these details provide a warmer atmosphere so that patients can feel more comfortable," Stollings said.
After months of preparation, the staff of MMG was officially in the new office on Monday, Nov. 6.
"We closed the old office on Thursday and moved into the new office on Monday," Huffman said.
Huffman says that she owed the smooth transition
"We couldn't ask for a better staff," she said. "They've worked very hard to make this possible."
Although the use of electronic records has slowed productivity a little, Huffman said that the system will allow them to give patients the care they need.
"We just ask for a little patience while we get this off the ground," she said.
One of the problems that MMG has faced since moving into the new building has been an issue with the telephone.
"We used to have 6 lines, but right now we only have one," Stollings said.
He says that Verizon is currently working on the lines, but it could be up to two weeks until everything is back up to full capacity.
"We just want everyone to know that if they call and get a busy signal to just keep trying," Stollings said.
Madison Medical group partner, Dr. Robert Atkins, said he is very pleased with the reception from his patients. Atkins said the new electronic health records will make patient care more accurate and give a better quality of care. "Changing over this this new system is a little difficult at first," Atkins said. "However, when the conversion is complete, I am convinced MMG will be in the forefront in Southern West Virginia ambulatory patient care."
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