Nurse Practitioner House Calls, PLLC in Quitman has taken on some new changes that should be a benefit for those in the county.
Wendell Carney, owner of the business, has taken steps over the past few months to make it where the practice is able to reach and support more people in the county.
“I’ve hired Jake Slusher, and he’s going to be full time in the clinic Tuesday through Friday. We’re going to start opening on Fridays now,” explained Wendell. “Brandi Robinson has been working with us a little while, and she works in the clinic one day a week and then does house calls with me too.”
By hiring a nurse practitioner to work in the clinic full time during the week, Wendell has made it where he is able to do more of what his original intentions for the business were when he first opened.
“As for me, I’m going to be transitioning out of the clinic a little bit,” informed Wendell. “I’ll be in the clinic on Mondays and Thursdays, and then I’ll be able to see more of my house call patients, which was my original intent anyways when we opened up.”
Along with opening on Fridays now, the clinic has also started taking walk-in patients.
“We do take walk-ins as well as appointments,” stated Wendell. “We’d like to do new patients in the afternoons because of the process of filling out paperwork, and mornings are crazy. We don’t always have the extra time in the mornings, but if someone shows up as a walk-in, we will do our best to accommodate them.”
Both of the nurse
practitioners who were hired to assist in the clinic have ties to Clarke County and really care about the citizens they serve.
Jake Slusher has a strong history in the medical field and is excited to be able to serve patients at the clinic now.
“I’ve been a nurse practitioner for two years. I’ve been a nurse for 10 years and worked in Starkville as a nurse practitioner for a little while.” explained Jake. “I’ve been doing cardiology, just regular nursing, at Andersons for the past year and a half and was waiting for something to pop up close to home. I live in Meridian, but I have family down here in Quitman. When I met Wendell and found out he had a job opening in Quitman, I figured since I hunt and fish down here and visit family down here that I should come and work down here, too. It just seemed to be a good fit when I found out about it.”
His favorite thing about his job is simply being able to help others and see their health improve.
“My favorite part is interacting with people in the community and building that patient physician relationship,” stated Jake. “I like getting to see people improving in health over time while being treated and sticking to medication regimens. I just like to see the improvement in people’s overall health.”
His desire to help people and see them improve over time is what caused him to become a nurse practitioner to begin with.
“I went through nursing school out of high school and liked having the interactions with people,” described Jake. “Being a nurse, you don’t have quite as much interaction, though. You see the patient while they’re in the hospital while they’re sick, and that’s about it. I wanted to be able to see the other side of things too where they’re getting better. To an extent you see it at the hospital, but it isn’t the same as long term relationships as a nurse practitioner.”
While he has only been at the clinic for about a month, Jake has shown himself to be an amazing nurse practitioner who truly cares about each patient he sees.
Brandi Robinson is a more familiar nurse practitioner at the clinic. She lives in Enterprise and has a rich history in the medical field.
“I started here in October of 2020,” informed Brandi. “I have experience in women’s health, internal medicine, pain management, and family practice. I did home health as a nurse for over 10 years, so I do a lot of home visits with Wendell.”
She enjoys helping others, and that is what made her decide to go into the medical field to begin with.
“I became a nurse because I like to help people,” said Brandi. “I wanted to take care of people and for people feel like they’re cared about and that others actually listen to them and care about what they have to say and figure out what is going on with them.”
Brandi enjoys her job and loves the community atmosphere that the county and small clinic provide.
“I like working in the community. I like how small it is and being able to get to know everybody,” declared Brandi. “Everybody here in the clinic is like family.”
She doesn’t work at the clinic full time and has specific days where she typically works in the clinic or does home visits.
“On Tuesdays, I do home visits,” stated Brandi. “I work in the clinic on Wednesdays.”
With the recent changes, the clinic should be able to assist more patients in the county. They are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and are located at 111 Main Street in Quitman. Anyone who would like to make an appointment or has any questions can contact their office at 601-557-5105.