West Point clinic

An artists rendering of the new West Point Medical Clinic and Urgent Care facility on the east side of the NMMC-West Point campus.

WEST POINT – North Mississippi Medical Clinics is expanding its footprint in West Point.

On Aug. 1, West Point Medical Clinic and Urgent Care will open its doors on the east side of the North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point campus. The urgent care side of the clinic will be open seven days a week, with extended hours.

“The model is similar to what we have with West Tupelo and Barnes Crossing (clinics), offering urgent care and primary care under one roof,” said David Barber, the president for North Mississippi Medical Clinics.

The 11,000-square foot building will include a full lab and X-ray suite. The health system invested more than $3 million to build and equip the clinic. It will be the only urgent care in Clay County staffed by physicians.

The clinic is an investment not just in West Point, but the entire region, Barber said.

“The Golden Triangle area has continued to grow,” Barber said. “As we’ve seen growth, there’s been a desire for extended hours and weekend hours for clinics.

Initially, six physicians are assigned to the primary care and urgent care, but the clinic was built with room to grow, Barber said. The new clinic will bring together two existing clinics and their physicians – Drs. Ron Powell and Robert Smith of West Point Medical Clinic and Dr. Suzanne DePaulo of West Point Primary Care.

Joining them will be Drs. Ned Miller, John Browning and Keith Box from Chickasaw Medical Clinic in Houston. Miller, Browning and Box all trained at North Mississippi Family Medicine Residency Center in Tupelo.

The new clinic will be a homecoming for Miller, whose family has deep roots in West Point. His father Dr. Ed Miller has practiced in West Point for 35 years.

“When I went to medical school, my goal was to be a rural primary care physician and come back to West Point,” Miller said.

The clinic system is still considering options for the spaces vacated by West Point Medical Clinic and West Point Primary Care, Barber said. The West Point medical community is growing, with a pediatrician and a surgeon who arrived earlier this year and a new obstetrician-gynecologist coming later this year.

The clinic will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 10. The community can come meet the physicians and tour the clinic.

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