Webster County residents now have a new choice in health care, as a familiar face returns to Clay as part of the expansion of a long-time local provider.

Hometown Care Family Health, owned by Regina Elder, has opened a second location on Main Street in Clay, next door to Clay Drugs in the old Brown-Hammack Insurance office building. Marcia Polley, who has practiced off and on locally for a number of years, will provide full-time patient care at the new location. The clinic officially opened today.

“The decision to open a clinic in Clay came after Marcia Polley expressed a desire to practice in her community,” Elder said. Polley has for the past year served Owensboro and Calhoun.

With recent closings and consolidations, Webster County has seen its number of full-time local providers shrink over the past few years. The concern voiced by her own patients was what prompted Elder to commit the time and resources to doubling the number of clinics under the Hometown Care name.

“Many of the area residents expressed that they wanted a provider that plans to stay for many years,” Elder stated. “Marcia Plans to be that provider. Patients at Clay can expect expert care from an experienced nurse practitioner and staff.”

Elder, an ARPN herself, returned to Hometown Care Family Health about a year ago after severing ties with Owensboro Health Systems. Her decision was based largely on the quality of personalized care she could provide as an independent clinic. That desire comes out in the small company’s mission statement: No one can anticipate when medical care will be needed, so it’s good to know that qualified medical professionals at Hometown Care are right in your neighborhood.

Polley worked as an RN for 20 years in intensive care, pediatrics, and mental health before completing a master’s in

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nursing as a family practitioner in 1996 at Murray State University. Since then, she has worked in a variety of setting as a family practitioner, and has gained experience in urgent care, occupational care, endocrinology, and diabetic care.

The Clay location will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. During the winter months of January through March, Wednesday hours will be from 8:00 to noon, and the clinic will be open on Saturdays during those same hours.

Appointments can be made, but walk-ins will also be accepted.

An open house will be held later this month. The date and time will be announced later.

Elder is pleased to offer the new service as 2019 gets underway.

“With Marcia at the Clay Clinic, and myself at the Dixon clinic, we bring over 35 years of family practice experience,” she said. “We hope to provide the best compassionate care at the patient’s convenience. We also hope to expand our services in the future.”