For those of you who have been treated in the past by James and Stacia Staples at the Auburn Community Health Clinic, you can continue to see the couple as they have opened their own clinic at 104 East Main Street in Auburn.
The couple, who married four years ago, have been working for Logan Memorial’s clinic for years, however, both decided it was time for the next step in their careers to open their own practice.
“We are so excited,” said Stacia. “This is a new path we are both looking forward to taking with our patients.”
James said as health care professionals you do everything you can with the education you have and the tools you’ve acquired to help those in need. Opening their own clinic is a way to accomplish that.
Both James and Stacia grew up in Butler County and are graduates of Western Kentucky University. James has been practicing for 16 years and Stacia for 8.
“This is a dream come true for Stacia and myself. We love being able to be in a rural community, and love being centrally located to serve not only those in Logan County, but those in neighboring communities as well. We are not here to try and take away from the already established physicians in the area, only to add to the dynamic.”
The Staples are both Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). An APRN is a registered nurse (RN) who has completed an advanced graduate-level education program and has passed a national certification examination in order to practice in one of four APRN roles (clinical nurse specialist, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, and registered nurse anesthetist).
An APRN has acquired advanced clinical knowledge and skills to prepare him/her to deliver safe, competent, high quality care to patients. APRNs are able to diagnose and treat health problems, prescribe medications, perform procedures, order and interpret laboratory tests, counsel patients about health promotion and prevention, coordinate care, refer patients to physicians and other health care providers, and advocate for patients in the complex health care environment.
“We provide both acute and chronic care,” said the Staples. “We accept most all types of insurance plans and Wellcare. We take appointments and walk-ins are welcome.”
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and will soon be open on Saturdays as well.
“We are in the process of setting everything up and getting our computers going,” said James adding, “We are accepting patients now.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.