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Care Near You: Cahaba Medical Care has been serving Maplesville since 2015 – The Clanton Advertiser

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the February 2022 edition of “Chilton County Wellness.” Copies are available from The Clanton Advertiser office, 1109 Seventh Street N in Clanton.

STORY BY SCOTT MIM

PHOTOS OF KEITH MCCOY

VSahaba Medical Care opened in Maplesville in November 2015, providing another option for medical care in the area.

Now it’s the only medical practice in town, allowing patients to be seen closer to home rather than driving 25 minutes or more for medical services.

Since opening, the Maplesville office has served over 2,100 individual patients.

The Centerville-based company operates 19 locations in central, west-central and north-central Alabama and offers medical services, video chats, pediatrics, social work, pharmacy and more on its entire network.

The Maplesville office, located at 9431 Alabama Highway 22 in historic downtown, is currently undergoing a facelift to install new flooring and other modifications, but remains fully operational while serving residents of the city and surrounding areas.

Amanda Brown, nurse and office manager at the Maplesville Clinic, said Cahaba Medical Care means a lot to Maplesville residents like her.

“There are many stories, like elderly people who can’t even drive to Alabaster, Birmingham or Clanton, so now they have a primary care provider in their hometown,” Brown said. “I come from here; I’ve lived here most of my life, so it’s been fun to be able to serve our community and the people we live with.

Through its multiple offices, Cahaba Medical Care offers family medicine, primary care, routine examinations and preventive care, chronic disease management, nutrition counseling, obstetrics and gynecology, COVID testing and vaccines -19, optometry, wound care, nephrology, x-rays and physical therapy. Pediatric services include check-ups of healthy children and sick children, regular examinations, vision and hearing screenings,

vaccinations, growth and development assessments, referrals to specialists as needed, and sports physical exams.

CMC also offers social services such as behavioral health and counselling.

Brown noted that CMC accepts all insurance and has a mobile fee program for uninsured patients. This rolling expense program is income based.

“Our mission is very similar to my mission, and that’s to serve everyone, but to meet the needs of the people around us, and I think we’ve done a good job with that,” Christy Hunter, nurse practitioner at the Maplesville location, said. “Our quality has shown that we have lower rates of health care disparity than some other places, so we do our best for everyone who walks through the door, whether they have insurance or not.”

For patients who regularly see specialists, such as someone who has had a kidney transplant, Cahaba Medical Care in Maplesville can shorten drive times for people who need lab results, Brown pointed out. Patients may also be referred to the Centerville location for certain procedures, such as ultrasounds and echocardiograms.

“Instead of going to Birmingham to get labs every month, they come here and then we send the labs to their specialist,” Brown said. “We have another patient receiving infusions at home, and so this nurse will be bringing her labs to our clinic, so they don’t have to drive out of town.”

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, an important part of CMC’s services has been to provide COVID-19 vaccines to those who want them. Brown said people came from all over the state to get vaccinated, especially at times when they were hard to get.

“We’ve had people (from) as far away as Auburn come here,” she said.

Vaccinations were scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with about twenty people vaccinated per day.

“It peaked at 80,” Brown said. “We serve more than our city. When we first opened it was mostly locals, but now we have people from Calera, Montgomery, Prattville. We are growing and we have had a place for a doctor here for two years.

Hunter said the pandemic turned everything upside down, but CMC still found a way to serve patients. Video chats and e-visits have helped bridge this gap.

“They wanted to stay home and some kind of shelter in place, and we shifted gears to providing testing services and later vaccinations and treatment as much as we could,” Hunter said. “We never closed our doors; we continued to work. Right now there are still ups and downs, but we’re back to primary care. You know, people need their diabetes taken care of, their high blood pressure, their congestive heart failure, things like that.

Another nurse practitioner, Amanda Seales, said she was in her second year at Cahaba Medical Care, but had lived in Maplesville for about 12 years.

“I love it because it helps community members,” Seales said. “We help with their mental well-being, their physical well-being, and we even provide spiritual aspects as well, if they need it. I enjoy treating those with whom I share community. There’s already that rapport there, because they know they kind of know you, and I think that brings an aspect of comfort.

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