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Special to The Hesperian-Beacon—
The Lockney General Hospital District has recruited two new providers who have joined W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital and the Cogdell Clinic in Lockney.
Dr. JoBeth Augustyniak D.O., started her practice in the Emergency Department and hospital on Sept. 8. Dr. Augustyniak is originally from a small town in Louisiana and completed her medical school education in Erie, Pennsylvania and her residency training in Family Medicine at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas.
“Dr. Augustyniak has been an excellent addition to our emergency department and hospital,” stated Vince DiFranco, CEO. “She demonstrates the compassion and excellent diagnostic skills that we were looking for in a physician serving the community through the emergency department.”
The recruitment of Dr. Augustyniak was the first step in W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital’s strategy to hire physicians directly to work in the emergency department and not rely on a contract group to provide those doctors. “By making this transition and the billing for the E.R. physicians directly from the hospital, we will be in-network for most health insurance plans and the charges are more reasonable than the previous group,” stated Difranco.
Dr. Augustyniak works every other week, for seven days at a time. DiFranco added, “We are recruiting a second physician to join Dr. Augustyniak in providing coverage for the emergency department on a long-term basis.”
In addition, the Cogdell Clinic in Lockney added Valerie Conrad, APRN/FNP-C to the staff on Oct. 26.
Conrad is a Family Nurse Practitioner who will be treating many of the same day appointment patients. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, Valerie had over 20 years of experience as a paramedic and 6 years as a registered nurse in the intensive care and coronary care unit at Pampa Regional Medical Center in Pampa, Texas.
Prior to being recruited to Lockney, Valerie had nurse practitioner experience in Cardiology and emergency care and hospital medicine. “Valerie’s experience as a paramedic and her practice experience in Cardiology and critical care are excellent for her role in our clinic,” stated DiFranco. “She has allowed the clinic to see more patients that have an acute illness and need to be seen on the same day they call.”