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Clarinda Regional Health Center is working on adding staff and an existing building to provide certain mental-health services.

“We do not want to duplicate services already provided,” said Clarinda Regional Health Center Chief Executive Officer Chuck Nordyke. “We do not want to duplicate services already provided, but we do expect some overlap.”

Center officials are finalizing the approval of providers for the services. One provider will be a neuropsychologist. The center is expected to be ready in early March.

Neuropsychology is a division of psychology that studies how the brain and nervous system affect how people function. Health-care providers are aware issues are the result of a brain disorder caused by injury, illness or development dysfunction. Neuropshychologists treat those issues. The patient may show cognitive and behavioral dysfunctions.

Nordyke said based on research of the area of potential patients for these services, there should be enough demand. These kinds of services are limited in Southwest Iowa, and the region. Nordyke said he expects patients to come from northwest Missouri and southeast Nebraska.

The center didn’t have to go very far for a site to hold the operation.

Earlier this year, the center acquired the Walker-Merrick-Eickemeyer and Wolfe funeral home at 400 W. Glenn Miller Drive, located near the health center. Contractors began remodeling the facility in early November.

Nordyke said the remodeling strategy is for it to “not look like a funeral home anymore” and to meet certain, mental-health care guidelines.

“It’s going to have a new look and will tie in with the health center,” he said.

Nordyke said the floorplan and needs of the building must meet specifics. Many of the provider’s offices will include sound-proof walls. Knowing the sensitivity of the discussions about mental health between providers and the patients, privacy will be priority.

The center’s board meeting for December will be 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17.

In other center news…

Two dermatology providers, Melody Stone, M.D., and Charles Glass, PA-C, have joined the center. Stone will be available on the third Friday of the month and Glass will see patients the second Tuesday of every month.

Both come from Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, which has a location in Maryville and St. Joseph, Missouri.

Stone obtained her medical degree from the University of Missouri Internal Medicine and completed her internship at Brown University. She completed her dermatological residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Mohs Surgery and the Kansas and Missouri Dermatological Societies.

Glass has been with Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center since April 2015.  He graduated from Wichita State University with his masters of Physician Assistant in 2014 and has been board certified in Missouri since 2015. Charles has experience as a physician assistant in many areas including family practice, rural medicine, emergency medicine and dermatology with an emphasis on preventative care and patient education.

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