Sept. 25, 2013 —
In a time when the future of medicine is uncertain, hospitals are laying off workers and no one knows quite what the new health care mandates will mean for hospitals. But Bellefonte Primary Care in Grayson is expanding.
The cilnic will open the doors to its new pediatric wing on Monday, and Dr. Karem Menezes and Nurse Practioner Maria Sargent will have a lot more space to treat their patients.
When the clinic opened a couple of years ago, the plan was always to expand into the unused portion of the building. But no real plan was in place for specifics. The new pediatric wing, which boasts waiting areas for both well and sick children, will cater to the smallest patient.
Menezes joined the staff at the clinic about a year ago. She earned her medical degree from Montemorelos University's School of Medicine in Montemorelos, Mexico. She completeed a pediatric residency and her pediatric internship at Miami Children's Hosptial in addition to a prior pediatric residency at Monterrey Institute of Technology and higher education in Monterrey, Mexico. Dr. Menezes also completed an internship at Silvestre Adventist Hostpial in Rio de Janerio.
Sargent is a Grayson native who attended the University of Kentucky and spent more than a decade working in pediatric ICU. She has been on board with Bellfonte for more than five years and a PA specializing in pediatrics.
“It is nice to be able to see patients over the years and watch their growth and development,” Sargent said. “Being in ICU, you were with a family in crisis. Now, I see patients in the good times too.”
Although Menezes is from Brazil origionally, she is very happy to call the tri-state area home.
“I plan to stay here. I like it here because I get the opportunity to see a veriety of problems in different patients,” Menezes said. “Maria and I are very hands on here because we are alone.”