Mercy Physicians of Women's Health is now offering another option for expecting mothers.
To better serve the needs of the Carthage community, the local, all-female physician group that specializes in obstetrics and gynecology will be taking patients of Temporary Medicaid. This program is provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services to give early access to prenatal care for expecting mothers for a temporary period until they can apply for and begin receiving full Medicaid coverage. Before now, the only other place that accepted this coverage was in Joplin.
“We were seeing a lot of potential patients having to leave town for care,” said Jill Feurt, family nurse practitioner and certified nurse mid-wife with the local clinic. “We want to help these moms have healthy babies. And for some of our families the situation might be there is only one car, so we want to provide another option to these mothers.”
Majority of the demographic that will benefit from this program is the Hispanic population. Feurt noted the language barrier is an obstacle, but one the clinic staff are ready to face. Mercy provides a language phone line, bilingual supportive staff and there are currently staff members at the clinic who speak Spanish.
“We feel it's going to go well,” Feurt said. “We deliver approximately 200 babies a year between our three physicians and it's a beautiful place to have a baby.”
The lady physicians at Mercy Physicians of Women's Health, located at 1515 Hazel St., Carthage, are Dr. Elizabeth Barlet, Dr. Lydia Keisler and Dr. Maritza Manrique-Kiniry. The clinic may be reached at 358-0188.
For more information on the clinic, visit www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-physicians-for-womens-health. For more information on Temporary Medicaid, visit www.orgsites.com/mo/shelbycountyhealthdepartment/_pgg7.php3.