Rural hospital continues to expand healthcare, new clinic opens - FOX34 Lubbock

Rural hospital continues to expand healthcare, new clinic opens in O'Donnell

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The Lynn County Hospital District serves several small cities south of Lubbock, with another clinic expanding its reach. 

Dr. Melanie Richburg is the CEO for the hospital district. She says her team wrote seven grant proposals before the facility was awarded $450,000 from the FMH Foundation to put a brand new clinic in O'Donnell. Dr. Richburg believes its newest clinic is crucial for the area. 

"For them to have access five days a week in town, it's just pivotol for the survival of a small rural community," she said. 

The hospital district serves Tahoka, Wilson, New Home and Borden County. Dr. Richburg says its new clinic will provide further access to patients in small counties. 

"If you think about having a medical emergency and know you're going to have to drive 45 or 50 minutes, your outcomes are not going to be as positive as if you can get stabilization and then get transported to a higher level of care," she said. 

The facility was also awarded a grant from the CH Foundation in Lubbock. Funds were used to buy new equipment like exam tables for the new clinic. 

"So, that clinic from the ground up is brand new," Richburg said. 

"So when I started a year ago, I told my group that we've got to figure out ways to get money in our organization that's not on the backs of patients. Because the volume is not out here," she said. 

Dr. Richburg has been with the Lynn County Hospital District for 15 years and wants to continue working to see the facility expand. 

"We're here because we want to make a difference for our community," she said. 

Patients can be seen at the new clinic starting Monday and will host an open house on June 4.

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