South River Medical Clinic in Grottoes closes after 10 years

GROTTOES, Va. (WHSV) – The City of Grottoes is getting rid of its only health-related facility. South River Healthcare Clinic is closing after 10 years of supplying health-related providers to the town’s citizens.

The clinic opened its doorways to sufferers for the final time on Friday. It will remain open for the subsequent number of months to make it possible for clients to attain their medical records and decide on up any remaining prescriptions.

“They have just inundated me with nicely needs and they are gonna miss me. It’s actually awesome to know that you did make an influence on their daily life,” claimed Mary Koogler, the owner of the clinic and a nurse practitioner.

Koogler labored in the ER and in orthopedics for above 3 decades just before acquiring a big stroke in 2010. Two a long time later on in 2012, she opened up South River Healthcare Clinic and has delivered an a must have resource to Grottoes and the bordering local community.

“She had this massive stroke and could not use a person side, couldn’t communicate, and to see what she’s performed and the folks she’s taken care of due to the fact then, it is just been genuinely thrilling to be a element of that,” claimed Jennifer Hanger, a registered nurse who has worked at the clinic due to the fact it opened.

Just after 10 several years, 77-12 months-old Koogler is retiring to invest much more time with her relatives.

“My partner acquired sick this calendar year and he had some medical procedures and I made the decision that right here I am getting treatment of other persons, I will need to take care of my personal. So I got to imagining about it and determined there’s no time but now,” claimed Koogler.

Koogler knows that there is a big require for the clinic in Grottoes and experienced been hoping to find someone to choose it over, but had no luck.

“People never want to go to loved ones techniques any more, men and women want to go to the big institutions in which they can make significant revenue. You never make big money in a little practice like this. This is a blue-collar town, a ton of my individuals have no insurance plan,” she said.

The clinic has been busy during the yrs and its standard consumers are unhappy to see it go.

“It’s intended a great deal. I necessarily mean I cannot inform you how several patients have occur in declaring ‘can’t any person take it over?’ and I’m gonna miss them, it is been distinctive,” stated Brandi West, the clinic’s X-Ray technician who was labored there since it opened.

Above the a long time Koogler and her staff have delivered a wide variety of health care solutions like x-rays, vaccinations, lab assessments, and several remedies.

“It’s private treatment. I’m additional than a amount I’m a person and she’s generally handled me well. She understands me by my very first name we know each and every other’s people, it is just hometown convenience,” stated Angie Harpine, who’s been a affected person of the clinic for 10 years.

Harpine claimed she adores Koogler and the relaxation of the personnel and will drastically pass up the clinic.

“She’s completed a terrific service to the health-related community in Harrisonburg, Augusta County, and Rockingham County for a prolonged time from staying an ER nurse to now. I just wish her perfectly, I truly feel like I’m dropping a pal,” explained Harpine.

Brandi West and Jennifer Hanger mentioned the team has been like a household and they’re both of those grateful for all they’ve discovered from Koogler.

“I have an ER and a important care background and I have realized so significantly from household care that I wouldn’t have believed probable,” claimed Hanger. “I’ve figured out so significantly I hardly ever knew something about prescription drugs, absolutely nothing moreover x-rays and now I feel like I have a major know-how to go elsewhere and share,” added West.

As Koogler retires to shell out extra time with her household, she claims she will overlook the people today she served most of all, some of whom she’s viewed improve up above the final decade.

“Seeing diverse family members associates and getting treatment of their requirements. You know it is usually gratifying when you can support anyone and know that you did something good for them,” she explained.

Grottoes City Manager Stephanie McAllister instructed WHSV that the town is unhappy to see South River Medical Clinic close and hopes to catch the attention of another clinic to the town in the potential.

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