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Last Updated: Aug 4th, 2017 - 10:31:10

Family Clinic of Ashley County merges with Ashley County Medical Center
Jul 12, 2017, 10:19

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Family Clinic of Ashley County and Ashley County Medical Center (ACMC) announced Friday that the clinic has merged with the hospital.

Under the new structure, which went into effect July 1, all of the doctors and staff at Family Clinic will become employees of the hospital.

“Patients will not see any change at Family Clinic,” Family Clinic’s Dr. Ben Walsh said. “The same providers, nurses and employees will continue doing the same work.”

The move will bring additional stability to the local medical community, however, and combining efforts will help improve overall health care in Ashley County, he said.

“The clinic and the hospital each have resources that will benefit the other in the merger,” Walsh said.

Ashley County Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Phillip Gilmore said
ACMC is pleased to have the staff of Family Clinic joining the hospital’s provider base.

“We welcome a closer relationship with the providers and employees of the Family Clinic. This enables us to bring greater efficiencies for the residents of southeast Arkansas,” he said.

A hospital spokesperson said the merger has been under discussion for approximately a year, and serious negotiations began in January.

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