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Ozark Pediatrics Opening in January

A Dothan pediatric office plans to expand services to Ozark by opening a temporary office there before completing construction of a freestanding facility.

Dothan Pediatric Clinic is expected to open Ozark Pediatric Clinic Jan. 4 on the second floor of Dale Medical Center's Surgery Center on West Roy Parker Road. Dothan Pediatric Clinic administrator Phyllis Helms said the Ozark clinic, which will be headed by longtime Dothan pediatrician Dr. Ken Brown, will offer the same services offered in Dothan's clinic. Helms said the office is expected to have three providers and employ between 15 and 18 workers in the local community.

Helms said the Ozark clinic will be Dothan Pediatric Clinic's fourth expansion. In addition to a second location on Westgate Parkway in Dothan, there are satellite offices in Enterprise and Eufaula.

Helms said the first location was started in 1953. The practice employs 130 workers and has more than 20 healthcare providers, she said.

"Everybody in our Ozark office will have a number of years of experience," she said.

"We'll be on the north side of Ozark, so our goal is to pull from in town and to provide care to the outlying, more rural communities. It really helps the parents that have had to travel 45 minutes or so with a sick child."

Helms said Dothan Pediatric Clinic was contacted by Dale Medical Center in March asking about interest in providing pediatric services to the community.

Stephanie Blankenship, assistant economic developer of the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation, said Ozark has for several months been without a pediatric clinic. Dale Medical Center discontinued its obstetric services in 2008.

Blankenship said the city is excited to have a pediatric provider again.

"It's very rewarding when a business sees the potential Ozark has and wants to be a part of the community," she said.

"We are super excited Dothan Pediatric Clinic made that decision. They have a great reputation and offer the opportunity for their services in Ozark to be very far-reaching to other communities."
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