After five months with no local medical services, the residents of Pine-Strawberry will once again be able to seek medical care at the community-owned clinic on Hardscrabble Road in Pine.
The Pine-Strawberry Medical Center will reopen its doors at 9 a.m. on Monday Jan. 11 with a new nurse practitioner providing medical care.
"I signed a lease today, but due to contracts, we won't open the doors until the 11th," Jean Bean, president of the center's governing board, said Wednesday.
When nurse practitioner Lynne Vigil announced her resignation in September 1997, the clinic's board contracted with Red Mountain Family Medicine in Payson to provide services. After only 10 months Red Mountain decided to opt out of its contract, Bean said.
This left the clinic with no provider for the first time in its 12-year history. The doors had to be shut on Aug. 1 until a provider could be found.
The nine-member board ended its long search for a provider with a unanimous vote to hire nurse practitioner Gail Phylow, Bean said.
Phylow has been practicing in Payson for four years and brings years of experience to the clinic, Bean said. Phylow lives in Payson with her husband and children.
"She has run clinics and operated them by herself, and has been assisting in surgeries in Payson for different doctors," Bean said.
The medical center will once again be open to patients from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning on Jan. 11. Touch of the Hand massage therapy will continue to operate at the clinic, and the two businesses should complement each other, Bean said.
"I think (massage therapist Vivian Seville) is an incentive for people to go there. I think she attracts business," Bean said.
Those who would like an appointment with Phylow after Jan. 11 can call 476-3258 and leave a name and number. The call will be returned and an appointment made.