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Internal Medicine Opportunity in 100 Best Small Towns In America

Bolivar Medical Center is the oldest rural federally qualified health center in the US in a beautiful, brand new building. The practice provides all facets of primary care (Primary Care, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Dentistry) as well as in-house lab, x ray, pharmacy, social services, family planning, and home health. DHC is seeking to add an Internal Medicine physician to the growing practice. Primary care call will be 1:2 with a goal of 1:3. The medical center in Mound Bayou is the first rural Community Health Center in the United States and recently opened a brand new 26,000 square foot facility to provide care to medically underserved families. Today, the health center serves over 12,850 patients who otherwise may not have health care access. The new H. Jack Geiger Medical Center will expand the health center's capacity to see more families in need of affordable primary health care services. The physician will be provided with a strong financial package that includes competitive base salary, a sign on bonus, relocation, student loan repayment, and malpractice through FTCA. The Bolivar Medical Center is only nine miles from Cleveland, a quaint community that prides itself on its locally owned economy, deep musical heritage and home to Delta State University. Physicians in need of visa sponsorship are welcome to apply.

About the Hospital

Bolivar Medical Center (BMC) is a 165-bed acute-care general hospital that includes a 35-bed nursing home. BMCs medical campus also features the Medical Office Building and an Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility with staff offering adult and pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy as well as an aquatic therapy program.

In the past three years, LifePoint has invested roughly $10M in capital additions to BMC, including 64-slice CT, digital mammography, exterior and interior renovations, medical office building, geriatric psych unit, and wound care center. Additionally, the hospital is in the process of adding several new services, including hyperbaric wound care, swing bed, and in-patient geriatric psychiatric services.

BMC is a vital member of the Cleveland community and Bolivar County. It is the third largest employer in the county and supports the community through numerous sponsorships, participation in boards, committees, and civic organizations, and wellness initiatives such as smoking cessation classes, Weight Watchers and breast cancer awareness.

The Community

Conveniently located halfway between Memphis, Tennessee and Jackson, Mississippi, Cleveland is just 20 miles due east of the Mississippi River. With a population of 14,000 (Bolivar County has a population of over 50,000), Cleveland offers a small town charm with the educational and cultural opportunities of a much bigger city. Delta State University, a school of 4,000 students, provides an abundance of activities, classes, and educational opportunities for both adults and children. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees are available in a variety of disciplines. The schools 1,200-seat Bologna Performing Arts Center serves as a hub for the citys rich cultural life, offering theater, dance, symphonies and musical performances. Fielding Wright Art Center is a spacious gallery that exhibits contemporary art by regional, national and international artists. Two 2-year junior colleges are less than an hour away: Mississippi Delta Community College and Coahoma Community College. Clevelands downtown shopping district has earned the nickname the Shopping Mecca of the Delta, featuring unique gift shops, fashionable clothing stores, even a day spa.

Recreation

Hunting and fishing opportunities abound in Bolivar County. There are seven lakes for fishermen to try their luck with bream, crappie, bass and catfish. Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge is an important habitat for waterfowl and an excellent spot for bird watching and seasonal public hunting. There are two local golf courses, and the Great River Road State Park, 18 miles west of Cleveland on the Mississippi River, offers campgrounds, picnic areas and a lookout tower to view the Mississippi River. Clevelands Park Commission maintains 12 local parks, including Bear Pen Park with a modern baseball complex. The city features a strong athletic program for children and adults: baseball, softball, football, basketball, soccer and volleyball.
With over 70 hospitals in 22 states, LifePoint Health, a noted industry leader, offers very competitive financial packages to help physicians begin and grow successful practices. In addition to a generous salary or income guarantee, other incentives may include sign-on bonuses, medical education debt repayment, monthly stipend payments while you are still in training, relocation, marketing and practice start-up assistance. Practice models may vary depending on the market but usually include employment, group practice, partnerships and new practice start-ups. In December 2011, LifePoint became one of only 26 organizations in the country chosen by the Department of Health and Human Services to be a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) in the Partnership for Patients initiative, a nationwide public-private collaboration to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans. As a result, LifePoint received funding from 2012-2014 to support additional resources for our quality and patient safety programsalongside our HEN partner, Duke University Health System and Duke Patient Safety Center. The LifePoint HEN was among the top performing HENs in the country in adopting evidence-based best practices to build a culture of safety, reduce healthcare-acquired conditions, and reduce readmissions. Together, we remain unified in striving to achieve our mission of Making Communities Healthier. Come practice where you are needed and appreciated.