The clinic destroyed during the tornado of December 10 reopens


DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WEHT) Baptist Health Deaconesses are celebrating the reopening of their clinic in Dawson Springs, nearly three months after the tornado destroyed it.

“This is, I think, a great day for Dawson Springs and for Baptist Health Deaconess,” said Robert Ramey, president of Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville.

It sits near where their old clinic stood for nearly four decades, before the tornado passed through it.

“We knew right away that we were going to have to do something to provide care and meet the needs of the community,” Ramey said.

Baptist Health Deaconess opened a new clinic for its 2,500 patients as part of a new community foundation.

“We’re really excited to be here,” said Tracy Overby Stone, patient access coordinator at the clinic, who also lost her home in the tornado.

“We are trying to move forward now. Just trying to keep a positive outlook now on what the future holds and rebuilding, and rebuilding our community,” she said, adding that this is a big step in rebuilding the city.

“It’s a good positive sign for our community,” she said.

The clinic was set up at the Industrial Park Road site, with eight examination rooms, an imaging room coming soon and rehabilitation services returning. Doctors and nurses worked from an RV provided by Baptist Health Hardin as the new clinic was assembled using modular parts.

“It means that we are going to support this community, we are going to provide for the needs of this community. Hopefully it will be there to continue to rebuild and grow this community back to what it was before,” said Deaconess Regional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen White.

Baptist health deaconess officials say this clinic will remain until it outgrows its function.

“We are very grateful to be in our building now,” says Stone.

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