Southern West Virginia Health System is pleased to announce that Madison Medical will open its doors as a new member of the Southern West Virginia Health System network of primary care centers beginning Feb. 19.

For Madison Medical patients, the transition will be seamless. According to Brian Crist, CEO of Southern West Virginia Health System, “Madison Medical will continue to operate as patients have grown to expect, with the same faces and in the same beautiful facility they have come to know.”

Madison Medical, founded by Robert Atkins, MD, and Senator Ron Stollings, MD, has provided quality family medicine care in Madison, W.Va., for more than 35 years. In addition to Drs. Atkins and Stollings, the practice includes physician assistants Jerry Quisenberry, PA-C, and Nick Smith, PA-C; office manager Angela Linville, CMOM; and seven staff members, all of whom will remain with the practice under the Southern West Virginia Health System umbrella.

Madison Medical’s partnership with Southern West Virginia Health System will enable members of the community to have access to all medical services previously provided by the practice, plus many that are new. Additional services will include an electronic medical records system with an interactive patient portal, a sliding fee scale program based on income, family planning services, and an expanded range of primary services for children, including the Vaccines for Children Program. In addition, patients will have ready access to behavioral health, pulmonary rehabilitation, dental, discount pharmacy and other services offered within the Southern West Virginia Health System network.

Southern West Virginia Health System – Madison Medical’s hours of operation initially will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with plans for extended hours in the coming months with the hiring of one additional provider.

Southern West Virginia Health System and its lead agency, Lincoln Primary Care Center in Hamlin, W.Va., are long established leaders in the rural health industry.  In fact, Lincoln Primary Care Center received designation in 1977 as being America’s first Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and was further recognized in 1991 as the nation’s Outstanding Rural Health Practice by the National Rural Health Association.

Today, the system remains committed to quality care and has grown from its original Hamlin location to serve more than 21 thousand patients through the eight full-service primary care centers, eight school-based health centers and four pharmacies it operates across Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Cabell, Mingo and Boone counties in West Virginia.

In describing Southern West Virginia Health System’s philosophy of care, Crist said, “Southern West Virginia Health System views itself as the gateway to all facets of care for a patient, regardless of ability to pay. During our many years in operation, we’ve been fortunate to be able to provide award-winning, quality care programs in addition to developing non-traditional health care programs to meet a wide variety of needs in the communities we serve. We now look forward to working alongside Drs. Atkins and Stollings as we together serve the medical needs of the Boone County community.”

Southern West Virginia Health System – Madison Medical is located at 471 Main Street in Madison, W.Va. Interested parties may make appointments by calling 304-369-5170.