Westlake Medical Center Looks to Community to Keep Doors Open

3 years ago January 24, 2013 Jan 24, 2013 Thursday, January 24 2013 Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:39:09 PM CST in News
By: Elise Oggioni

GRAVOIS MILLS - If you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area and become ill, there are a couple places you can go to seek medical attention. You can check in to the emergency room at St. Mary's Clinic in Lake Ozark, or for non-emergenices, you can visit the Westlake Medical Center in Gravois Mills.

But according to head physician Dr. Kenneth Derrington, visiting the Westlake Medical Center may not be an option for much longer. The Westlake Medical Center is in jeopardy of closing its doors due to a lack of federal reimbursements from the government.

Derrington says the future of the clinic relies heavily on Congressional action, and while the fiscal cliff may have been provided some sort of protection for the next 12 months, he says the center is still in jeopardy.

"A lot of our clients are Medicare patients, and elderly patients. So they are scared about what might happen if the center closes its doors," Derrington said.

But it's not just elderly patients that will lose access to care if Westlake Medical Center closes its doors.

"We are also one of the only medical centers between Osage Beach and Versailles, so if we close, there may not be a lot of options for those sick patients," Derrington said.

Dr. Kathleen Robbins, another physician at Westlake, announced she will leave the clinic March 1 to begin another job at St. Mary's Clinic in Lake Ozark. When KOMU asked the reason for the move, Derrington said it was due to financial instability.

Derrington said there were years when the center would have between three to four physicans on staff, but in recent years, the number has gone down due to financial instability and personal choices.

Office manager Becky LaRock said she is most worried about what will happen to employees should the center actually close. She said that the medical center is a not-for-profit center, and therefore does not receive any financial aids from nearby hospitals.

However, La Rock wants residents to know that the center is doing all it can to keep the doors open for the community and lake visitors.

"We just want everyone to know that we are working as best we can to keep the doors open, and we will still be here for the community all we can, no matter what," La Rock said.

When asked if Westlake had any plan in action should the center not raise enough money, Derrington said since he would be the only physician left in the practice, he would just retire due to old age, but "would not even want to think about that."

All donations for the center are being collected by the Community Foundation of the Lake. If you would like to donate to the Westlake Medical Center, click here.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported late Wednesday morning it had responded to 10 vehicle accidents as of... More >>
2 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:52:21 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A male suspect armed with a handgun attempted to forcefully enter a residence at the 100 block of... More >>
3 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:56:02 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two bills were heard Wednesday morning in the Missouri Senate that would make it illegal to text... More >>
10 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:38:18 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In an effort to address concerns raised by graduate students at MU regarding a variety of issues, leadership... More >>
3 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:26:12 AM CST in Continuous News
IRONTON (AP) — Authorities are using a helicopter and dogs to search for a missing 3-year-old boy in southeast Missouri.... More >>
4 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10:00:52 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – A proposed bill aims to help victims of human trafficking keep their home addresses protected. Rep.... More >>
6 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:22:36 AM CST in Continuous News
TOPEKA, Kan. — A 31-year-old man has been arrested in Missouri in the 2006 death of a 2-year-old boy in... More >>
9 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:35:30 AM CST in Continuous News
FERGUSON — The Ferguson City Council is asking the U.S. Department of Justice for changes to a deal to reform... More >>
9 hours ago February 10, 2016 Feb 10, 2016 Wednesday, February 10 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:26:16 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - After heavy rains this year, a small business in the basement of the Parkade Center was one of... More >>
1 day ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 8:11:14 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Data from the Missouri Ethics Commission revealed Missouri lawmakers as a whole received fewer gifts from lobbyists... More >>
18 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 7:11:28 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A student brought a BB gun to West Middle School Tuesday, a week after a student at Lange... More >>
20 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 6:09:03 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a southwest Missouri man who told... More >>
20 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 5:28:58 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - A ride to a trailer park ended with two people jumping from a moving car after a gun... More >>
22 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:58:01 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court said a recent amendment to the state constitution doesn't mean some... More >>
22 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 4:04:36 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Following the resignation of three UM Board of Curators since November, lawmakers at the state capital hope... More >>
22 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 3:10:36 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Right to Life organization held its Pro-Life Action Day on the first floor rotunda of... More >>
23 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:52:17 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Colleges and universities are viewing the Business Loop 70 as an area "easily accessible" for students. Higher... More >>
23 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:45:51 PM CST in Continuous News
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The Ferguson City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a police and court reform proposal... More >>
23 hours ago February 09, 2016 Feb 9, 2016 Tuesday, February 09 2016 Tuesday, February 09, 2016 2:35:25 PM CST in Continuous News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 25°
2pm 26°
3pm 27°
4pm 29°
5pm 29°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00 pm
The Meredith Vieira Show
3:00 pm
The Dr. Oz Show
4:00 pm
Dr. Phil
2:00 pm
Rules of Engagement
2:30 pm
Rules of Engagement
3:00 pm
The Bill Cunningham Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
The Mysteries of Laura
8:00 pm
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00 pm
Chicago P.D.
7:00 pm
Arrow
8:00 pm
Supernatural
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld