Dr. John Scribner to open new clinic
When Baxter Regional Medical Center opens a new clinic next month in Salem's old Dollar General Store location, a familiar face will be practicing there.
After being affiliated for many years with the Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Dr. John Scribner's last day at the Salem 1st Care Clinic, which is operated by OMC, is to be Friday, Sept. 26. While Scribner did not return calls seeking comment, a recent letter to the medical community states that he had resigned his position with Ozarks Medical Center, and partnered with Baxter Regional Medical Center to open a new family practice clinic in the former retail store on Turner Lane.
"I am extremely grateful to Ozarks Medical Center for giving me the opportunity to practice medicine in my home town," Scribner said. "My goal in this [new] endeavor is to continue providing medical services to the Salem area for many years to come." In addition to providing local medical care, Dr. Scribner is a member of the Arkansas State Medical Board.
Over the summer, the new clinic has been remodeled to divide what had been a large, open interior into office space. With renovations nearing completion and the parking lot newly paved and striped, Scribner hopes to begin seeing patients in October.
"Dr. Scribner will operate the Scribner Family Practice Clinic and be affiliated with the Baxter Regional Medical Center," Baxter Regional Marketing Director Donna McMullen told The News.
The new facility will be Baxter Regional's second in Fulton County. In late 2012, it developed space at the rear of the Baker's Pharmacy building for the BRMC Clinic at Salem. Fulton County resident Renee Arnold, an advanced nurse practitioner, runs the clinic.
Dr. Scribner's exit from Salem 1st Care, raises questions about its future. While there have been reports that OMC plans to close the clinic, OMC Media Relations Specialist Shandi Brinkman said Salem 1st Care will continue to offer regular services and hours.
Family Nurse Practitioner Leslie Batterton, who joined Salem 1st Care early this year, and Dr. Druery Dixon will offer patient care.
Batterton is a Fulton County resident who served as Director of Nursing at Fulton County Hospital and worked as a nurse practitioner for Family Health Care in Mammoth Spring after earning her advanced degree. "I enjoy getting to know my patients and their families and I am looking forward to continuing to provide exceptional care at Salem 1st Care," Batterton said.
According to OMC CEO Tom Keller, Ozarks Medical Center remains committed to serving the people of Salem and the surrounding area at Salem 1st Care, as it has for the past 25 years. "Leslie Batterton and Dr. Dixon are outstanding providers. All of us at OMC wish Dr. Scribner well in his future endeavors," Keller said.