The Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Rural Health Clinic warmly welcomed Jeri Thomas as its newest addition to their medical staff October 1.
Thomas is a certified nurse practitioner and received a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, with dual majors as both a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator.
Before coming to the PMH Rural Health Clinic, Thomas owned an independent family practice focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Her goal then, as well as now in her new position, is to “empower people to take control of their healthcare and lives.”
Especially exciting for folks in the county is Thomas’ interest in providing total family care. She is eager to treat children, as well as adults of all ages. The Rural Health Clinic offers a full range of medical services including care for illness and chronic disease management, well-child checks, immunizations and physical examinations, in addition to women’s and children’s health services.
Thomas wants to stress that, as a nurse practitioner, she is qualified to diagnose and treat conditions such as diabetes, COPD, high blood pressure, infections, injuries and many others. She is able to completely manage a patient’s care by ordering diagnostic tests like x-rays and lab work, along with prescribing medications and other treatments.
Thomas and her husband, Fred, have three children; two of whom are high school graduates and one still a junior. Her family will join her later in Pocahontas County.
Thomas is originally from South Charleston, but often visited her family’s farm in Boyer. She is an avid hunter and is looking forward to spending some time in the outdoors.
Practicing medicine in this county is a dream come true, Thomas said. A dream she has had since she was 17-years old.
The PMH Rural Health Clinic is open to anyone and is located inside the hospital, allowing patients access to lab and x-ray services without having to go through the emergency department. Appointment may be made with Thomas or one of the other providers by calling 304-799-6200. Walk-ins are also welcome. The clinic is open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Registration for the clinic is at the front desk of the hospital.