Leader Blues

Thursday, August 18, 2005

NEIGHBORS >> Austin has a clinic once again

Leader staff writer

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Austin Monday for the re-opening of the health clinic there.
The clinic, formerly owned by Central Arkansas Hospital, closed earlier this year but reopened this month as Northside Healthcare Center.

It is now owned by Jack Weir and his business partner Doug McVey. The staff includes Dr. Marty Hearyman, medical director, and Chuck Cardona, a physician’s assistant. Weir, 40, grew up in the Cabot area. Hearyman also has a clinic in Bald Knob. Cardona worked for many years in Dr. Bo Shurley’s office in Cabot.

Weir said the clinic will accept Medicare and Medicaid as well as most all major insurances.
After the Austin Medical Clinic closed in the spring, patients’ charts were moved to McAfee Medical Clinic in Beebe, but Weir says the move was not because the clinic had no patients. In fact, it had about 60 patients a day and saw 50 to 60 new patients a month, Weir said.

Many of those patients were elderly, he said, so the hope is that the new clinic will be more convenient for them.