ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Paramount Medical Care, located at 51520 National Road within the Belmont Medical Center, officially opened on Monday, June 30. The new business offers a family practice and a convenient medical clinic.
Convenient is the key word, because it is the goal of Paramount to offer flexible hours.
Medical Director Dr. Renato DelaCruz said the clinic will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will be available on weekends. They will also gladly accept walk-ins.
"Anybody that needs medical attention, we can see them right away," said DelaCruz, who also has his own family practice in the Belmont Medical Center. "We have this available for the community so that those who can't go to the doctor at a regular time, or are working or taking their kids to activities, they can come to us. We're going to cater to these patients."
The clinic is monitored by DelaCruz and staffed by nurse practitioners Jessica Stolz and Lisa Beaver. Shareholders for the clinic are DelaCruz, Beaver, Brent Kavolski and Kathy King.
The Belmont Medical Center is also host to the pharmacy Just Meds, which has another location at 1103 South Zane Highway, Martins Ferry. The full-time pharmacy, open since 2013, offers an assortment of services including prescription fills, compression garments, prescription delivery, a medication synchronization program, diabetic supplies, immunizations, Medicare Part-D drug plan consulting and private counseling. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pharmacist Matthew Wine graduated from the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2006, and he has practiced pharmacy in the Ohio Valley ever since. He says the location at Belmont Medical Center is ideal, due to the foot traffic and proximity to the mall area. He also explained that St. Clairsville has a shortage of individual pharmacies. While some existed in the past, they were bought out by chain retailers.
"We're more personal," Wine said. "We try to establish relationships with our patients. We want people to be able to afford their medications and be comfortable."
Also staffed by pharmacist Katelyn Pinter and pharmacy technician Guy Dilly, Just Meds is not exclusive to Belmont Medical Center visitors. It is a retail pharmacy open to anyone, just like commercial chains, and the building offers a sizeable parking lot.
To learn more go to www.justmedsrx.com or call 740-296-5718.
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