Melrose clinic opening Monday

Courtesy photo The Melrose Health Clinic is scheduled to open Monday. The clinic was paid for through a $500,000 community development grant.

Sharna Johnson

Residents of the Village of Melrose and surrounding communities will soon be able to get medical care close by.

Nearly four years in the making, the Melrose Health Clinic will open and start seeing patients for their primary care needs Monday, according to Seferino Montano, CEO of La Casa.

“It’s really a nice clinic and I’m sure that the people in Melrose are proud of their clinic,” Montano said. “It is exciting.”

La Casa is managing the clinic under a three year contract with the county.

The clinic was built through a $500,000 state community development block grant. Construction began in September.

Montano said the clinic — through three full-time and one part-time staff member — will offer a full spectrum of family medical care including general medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.

Treatment at the facility will include preventative healthcare, such as hypertension, diabetes, pre-cancer screening and more.

“This will be their (patients’) primary clinic and we anticipate it should work the same as our other clinics do,” Montano said.

Initially, physicians, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants will be rotated through the clinic to see patients until a permanent caregiver is hired, Montano said.

The facility will also offer pharmacy services on a 24-hour turnaround basis and laboratory services.

Patients will be referred for specialist services as needed, he said, with emergencies still referred to the closest emergency room.

La Casa operates on a sliding scale determined by income, Montano said, so low-income patients and those without insurance can receive services on that basis.

Patients with insurance, Medicaid or Medicare are also welcome and their insurance will be billed accordingly, he said.

Melrose Mayor Tuck Monk said the clinic will be the first in the village since the 1950’s, when a small hospital that served the community of more than 700 was converted to a nursing home.

Monk said village residents are excited to have medical care in their community.

Currently, residents travel as far as Clovis, about 20 miles east of the village, or even further to places such as Portales and Tucumcari for their medical care.

That makes things difficult for senior citizens and retirees who need more frequent care, are on limited incomes or don’t drive, he said.

“We’re really looking forward to it and the people of Melrose have been asking for quite some time… I think it’s going to be real well received and I know it’s really welcome,” Monk said. “Melrose is heavily aged… there’s several people here that don’t drive and they have to get some one to drive them (to the doctor and) by the time you drive to Clovis and turn around and drive back, you’ve paid for another doctor’s visit.”

Monk said he and his wife plan to use the facility.

The clinic will begin seeing patients Monday, with a grand opening and ribbon cutting planned for Aug. 5.

For information, or to schedule an appointment at the Melrose Health Clinic, call: 356-6695.