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Local Medical Care Returns to Clarksburg After 73 Years

Posted 10/1/19

History will be made in Clarksburg on Sunday when Debra Cannon, APRN-BC, FNP, opens the new Clarksburg Family Clinic on Highway 22 South. It was seventy-three years ago (1946) when long-time resident …

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Local Medical Care Returns to Clarksburg After 73 Years

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History will be made in Clarksburg on Sunday when Debra Cannon, APRN-BC, FNP, opens the new Clarksburg Family Clinic on Highway 22 South. It was seventy-three years ago (1946) when long-time resident Dr. Robert “Bob” Wilson closed his medical practice in Clarksburg and moved to Huntingdon. Local medical care will again be available to area residents through the Clinic when Ms. Cannon opens her practice beginning Monday, October 7 at 8 a.m.  An Open House and a Ribbon Cutting are Sunday, October 6, 1-5 p.m. at the Clinic, and the public is invited.

Cannon’s decision to locate a clinic in Clarksburg stems from her deep roots in the area.  She resides in town with Scotty, her husband of 33 years. “I have been a family nurse practitioner for over ten years, and my practice has rotated among clinics operated by my affiliate physician. I really reached a point that I wanted to settle in one location by building my own clinic in my hometown, be able to serve my patients in one location, and provide good quality healthcare for the home folks,” said Cannon. “I started out as an LPN at Baptist Hospital in Huntingdon, worked my way up, and finished as the operating room supervisor. My experience at Baptist was priceless.” Cannon continued. She earned her B.S. in Nursing at UT-Martin and her M.S./FNP in Nursing at the University of Memphis.

The Clinic is located on Highway 22 South at the intersection of Quincy Drive. Business hours are 8-5 on Monday and Wednesday-Friday and 8-12 on Saturday.  It will be closed on Tuesdays while she is making hospital rounds and seeing patients. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in traffic is also welcomed. The Clinic will provide a range of services including injections, EKGs, basic emergency room procedures, wellness care, sports exams, and acute and chronic care. The Clinic will draw its own lab specimens.

Mayor Howell Wayne Todd expressed appreciation for the addition of medical care and services to the local area. “Debbie has practiced successfully for several years, and her patients are really loyal.  Her reputation within the local community and the medical community is terrific, and I am so happy for this convenience for our citizens,” Todd said. “Clarksburg is energized. I have maintained for several years that we are the best located municipality in Carroll County being only five minutes from I-40, and we welcome new businesses and services to further diversify what is available to our residents.”  Todd said he had already booked an appointment for a shot on Sunday.

Jerry McDaniel, a former city alderman, commented that Clarksburg had produced a number of medical practitioners who are serving well in other locations. 

“Clarksburg has graduated many people who became physicians and other health care professionals but none was able to locate in the community. It’s nice to see medical care become available again locally after such a long absence, and it excites me to see the ‘Clarksburg Medical Clinic’ sign displayed in town,” McDaniel said.

Former Mayor Jamie Peterson and wife, Sabrina, co-owners of J&J General Store, said, “Having the clinic in Clarksburg means new growth and endless possibilities for our town. Not only will it be convenient to just drive a few minutes to get excellent basic healthcare, it will also help other businesses in Clarksburg by bringing in more people. When you see locals investing in their town, it’s a sign of good things to come.”

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