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MRHC to open McNairy clinic

By Steve Beavers

Independent-Appeal

SELMER, Tenn. "" Magnolia Regional Health Center will enter a lease agreement and sign a letter of intent to open a physician's clinic in McNairy County.

McNairy County commissioners approved the Corinth-based hospital taking over the McNairy County Health Department after it moves to the former Prime Care building.

MRHC CEO Ronny Humes addressed questions about the measure during Monday's commission meeting.

"We look forward to working with McNairy County," said Humes. "The county deserves good healthcare ... we want to do it and you all need it."

Humes told commissioners Adamsville native Dr. Mary Jane Dickey has been recruited for the physician's position at the clinic.

"Our plans are to also do something more substantial like a freestanding emergency room," added Humes.

He said the clinic would be expanded or a new building would be constructed on the former site of the McNairy County Regional Hospital.

"It has been a challenge," said Humes. "A freestanding emergency room will not happen overnight, but we will get there."

MRHC attorneys are working on getting a Certificate of Need, according to Humes.

A CON is a legal document required before proposed acquisitions, expansions or creations of facilities are allowed.

MRHC will also have to be granted a state license, have a joint agreement between the State of Tennessee and Mississippi before receiving approval from Washington.

"We have to jump through a lot of hoops since we are the first to ever do this," said Humes.

Dickey is expected to start the first week of August.

"She can move in pretty quick," said Humes.