Dalton (GA) April 27, 2012 - Dr. J. Sherwood Jones with patient Elizabeth ReidMedical Access Clinic physician volunteer Dr. J. Sherwood Jones with patient Elizabeth Reid. Dr. Jones has volunteered with the clinic for over 10 years. Ms. Reid said, "Dr. Jones has been a wonderful friend who has coached me through to a much healthier weight and lifestyle. I couldn't have done it without him."A primary care clinic that is unique in Whitfield County is the Medical Access Clinic located in the Whitfield County Health Department.

The Medical Access Clinic, also known as MAC, is an Adult Primary Care clinic that focuses on low-cost, high-quality medical care and overall wellness for patients. The staff consists of Dr. Mark Elam, medical director, Debbie York, APRN, clinic manager, and advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, clinical and administrative support staff and community physician volunteers that are specialists in the areas of family medicine, internal medicine, urology, nephrology, pulmonology and general surgery.

"Due to the strong support of our community partners, including our medical volunteers, we are able to offer adult primary care and specialty care through public health," said Gayle Brannon, health department manager.

Adult Primary Care services at the Medical Access Clinic include physical examinations and management of acute and chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy are just a few examples of chronic illnesses that can be managed. Acute illnesses such as headache, cold and flu-like symptoms, skin rash, as well as other acute illnesses can be evaluated and managed.

Clinical services are low cost. With proof of income, the patient could qualify for an additional discount to have the office visit reduced. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Charges not covered by third party payment such as Medicare and Medicaid are the responsibility of the patient.

Free interpreter service is available, and late evening clinic hours are maintained on Tuesdays.

For clinic hours go here and to schedule an appointment, please call (706) 226-5446.

For more information about the Medical Access Clinic in the Whitfield County Health Department at 800 Professional Boulevard in Dalton, call (706) 226-5446 or go here.

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