Taking part in the ribbon cutting at Midtown Health Center are, from left, Bruce Schlect, Kenady Heithoff, Kim Kwapnioski, Kathy Nordby, Marilyn Parr, and Tina Biteghe Bi Ndong.
By Ashley Gaughan (Staff Writer with West Point News)
As the COVID-19 pandemic lingers across Nebraska and the world, attention to health needs is a continuing priority, especially in rural areas.
One of the newer health centers in town- Midtown Health Center- relocated to a new facility last year. That move was celebrated on Friday, Aug. 5, with an official ribbon cutting and Chamber of Commerce Coffee.
Midtown Health center opened in West Point shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022; and about a year ago moved into the location where they currently operate at 303 Plaza Drive in West Point: The clinic is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Friday is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Described by officials as a “full-fledged clinic for medical, dental and behavioral health services,” the clinic is touted as a more affordable option for patients since charges for services are based on income and a sliding scale fee. The clinic offers pediatric care, women and men’s health, prenatal care, well-child check-ups, chronic disease management, immunizations, sports physicals, health education and general medical care.
Midtown Health Center also offers behavioral health services and currently has a therapist who sees clients via telehealth visits. Clinic officials plan to provide in-person therapy services in the future.
A mobile dental unit also visits on a rotating schedule; with providers offering preventative dental, emergency dental restorative and oral surgery. There are also plans for a vision van to provide free vision screenings and glasses in the future (October 8th).
Midtown Health Center CEO Kathy Nordby said the center has one main focus, “We really focus our care on people who don’t have access,” she added. For that reason, Midtown Health Center offers dual language services in English and Spanish and they have a phone line with 17 languages available. Nordby said officials noticed a need for health services in the West Point area when serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Midtown in Norfolk. She discovered that at least 100 people from Cuming County were driving to either Madison or Norfolk to access care at one of those clinic. “So clearly, there was a need,” Nordby said of West Point.
Members of the center’s staff said they are proud to offer their services in the West Point area and surround communities. “We provide great care. We’re in the top 5 percent in the nation among our peers for quality of services,” Nordby said.
More information about Midtown health Centers services can be found on their website at midtownhealthne.org.