By Dale James
CHAPEL HILL -- The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce held a coffee last week to celebrate the ready availability of "meat and potatoes" medical care in Chapel Hill.
The Family Health Group has operated a primary care clinic in Chapel Hill for more than two years, according to Dr. Devi Newcomb, clinic supervisor.
The chamber coffee was held to mark the clinic's recent move into new quarters.
"We've actually been in the area for two years," Newcomb explained. "But we've only been in this new facility since about the middle of September."
Based in Columbia, the Family Health Group operates similar primary care clinics in a number of middle Tennessee communities, including Lewisburg.
"This is a family practice," Newcomb said. "We take all ages, from newborn on up. We do everything from simple office procedures to treating diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. We also treat things like strep throat, flu -- the common stuff. What I like to call 'meat and potatoes medicine.'"
Newcomb, who holds an undergraduate degree in engineering, practiced medicine as a flight surgeon with the U.S. Air Force prior to moving to Chapel Hill with her husband, Marty. The Newcombs have a son, Jarrett, 6, who is a student at Chapel Hill Elementary School.
"I grew up in a small city in Michigan, so moving to a small community like Chapel Hill was not that big of an adjustment for me," she said.
Newcomb said she prefers practicing family medicine rather than specializing because it allows her to know her patients better.
"A specialist may treat a patient once and never see them again," she pointed out. "As a primary care physician you see them more long term. You're able to develop a relationship."
Phyllis Brown, CEO of Marshall Medical Center in Lewisburg, was on hand to help celebrate the clinic's new facilities.
"Clinics such as this complement the services we as a hospital offer," Brown said. "They not only serve the community in which they are located, but they extend our ability to serve those same people as well. Doctor Newcomb has admitting privileges at the hospital."
The clinic's new address is 4696 Nashville Highway in Chapel Hill. The phone number is 364-5090.