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ASHLAND – MU Health opened a new family medicine clinic in Ashland Monday afternoon.  The new clinic is MU health’s eighth family medicine clinic and its third rural community clinic. 

The MU Chair of Family and Community Medicine Steven Zweig said family medicine is important and he’s happy MU Health expanded its care to Ashland and Southern Boone County.

“Family medicine is unique in that it is a specialty in primary care. And while other specialties my focus on specific people, genders, or organ systems we in family medicine focus on you for your entire life,” Zweig said. “We strive to provide high quality care for everyone.”

Dr. Luke Stephens will be the head physician at the new clinic and he said he’s excited to provide quality and personal care to each and every one of his patients.

“Knowing not only you, but knowing your family that’s something that small town physicians really enjoys, I know I enjoyed that with my past experience,” Stephens said.

Stephens will be leading a team of providers at the clinic that includes a nurse practitioner, a licensed practical nurse, and a patient services representative. Stephens himself is board-certified in family and community medicine. 

Everyone that attended the ribbon cutting ceremony not only are excited about the new clinic and the services it will be able to provide, but also the convenience of the location.

Jason Reynolds with the Southern Boone Chamber of Commerce said the new clinic will also benefit other communities outside of Ashland.

“Having a clinic actually in ton for not only Ashland but Hartburg and the other surrounding communities is just and amazing improvement.”

The talks of this new clinic has been in the works for a while said the chief executive officer of MU health Johnathan Curtright.

“I’ve been now at MU Health care for approaching two years now and I’ve heard multiple times “hey why don’t you guys build a clinic in Ashland, southern Boone County, this would be fantastic for people in southern Boone County and Ashland” We are absolutely committed to doing this and we said that and now it’s coming to full wishes,” Curtright said.

The new clinic features seven examination rooms, a laboratory, and nurse and physician work stations. The clinic is located at the corner or Red Tail Drive and S. Henry Clay Blvd.

“The best form of care is when you get it locally and and when you get it locally and near your hometown,” Curtright said.