MORVEN — U.S. Rep. Austin Scott visited J. Myron Faircloth’s Peach City Walk-In Clinic LLC during his recent weeklong Rural Health Care Tour across Georgia’s 8th District. The listening tour afforded the Tifton-based congressman an opportunity to meet and talk with health care providers and patients, collecting their thoughts and experiences to share with the rest of the nation’s leaders in Washington, D.C.
“As we continue to seek solutions to lower health care costs and ensure access to care for Americans, we must take into account the particular realities of providing health care in rural environments,” said Scott. “It is important that I hear from these providers, so I can take their thoughts and experiences back to Washington to better serve as a voice for the 8th District. Rural health care providers, like Peach City Walk-In Clinic, are vital in small communities, and I applaud them for the good work they are doing in South Georgia.”
Faircloth officially opened Peach City Walk-In Clinic on June 2 in Morven, the area where he was raised.
Opening the clinic in the small town is part of Faircloth’s plan to bring back the days when health-related decisions were made by both a patient and his or her health care provider, the days when health care providers really and truly knew their patients and their families, according to a press release from Valdosta State University, where Faircloth is an assistant professor of nursing, in addition to being a practicing family nurse practitioner.
“Due to this being a rural area,” he explained, “there is a lack of providers, along with a decrease in health care coverage, which leads to higher mortality and morbidity rates. One of the greatest acts that a person can do is to give back to others and their community. This was my way not only to improve the health care of the citizens but also to give back to my hometown.”
Faircloth said that the community’s response to the clinic has continued to be quite “overwhelming,” with church congregations and civic organizations donating funds to help support the clinic, as well as residents young and old offering to volunteer their time and services to help their families, friends, and neighbors get well, stay well, and live long, happy, healthy lives.
“The involvement of so many people in the community with the startup of Peach City Walk-In Clinic serves as a model for rural primary care clinics,” he added.
“My hope,” he further noted, “is to have VSU students perform clinical rotations and volunteer. We have consistently had problems identifying sufficient and appropriate clinical placement sites for our baccalaureate and graduate students across health programs, particularly nursing. I have a vision to be in a collaborative role with not only the nursing program but also with others, such as exercise physiology, sports medicine, speech-language pathology, counseling services, etc.”
Located at 468 Park Street in Morven, Peach City Walk-In Clinic is a cash clinic, and patients from newborn to adult pay a flat $50 for an office visit, with any necessary supplies and medications potentially costing a bit extra. The health care team, which includes Faircloth and Dr. Alberto Garcia and Dr. Vera Garcia of Valdosta-based G & G Family Medicine MD PC, is able to treat any and all conditions at the clinic, except chronic pain management. Patients of all ages and from across the South Georgia area have already sought treatment at the clinic.