Pioneer says, ‘We’re here and open’: Reminds citizens healthcare is available

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer

Photo by Amanda McBride Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw encourages patients to continue to come to all of their facilities. Pioneer staff and doctors are still here and seeing patients.  Pictured is part of the Pioneer medical and nursing staff.

Photo by Amanda McBride
Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw encourages patients to continue to come to all of their facilities. Pioneer staff and doctors are still here and seeing patients. Pictured is part of the Pioneer medical and nursing staff.

“It’s business as usual. We are continuing to provide the same quality care,” said Allen Gamble, Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw administrator.

PCH-Choctaw is reminding the community they are still open to treat patients at all their Choctaw County facilities.

This reminder comes after PCH-Choctaw notified the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors, on January 21, that they are terminating their lease with the county. Pioneer says they will continue to operate the hospital, nursing home, all clinics and physical therapy until August 1.

Current doctors, nurses and Pioneer staff are still open for business in Choctaw County.

“I was here before Pioneer was here and I will be here after Pioneer is gone,” said Renee Cathey, CFNP.

She sees patients at the Pioneer Family Medical Clinic of Weir. The clinic is open Tuesdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon.

“We have great community support,” said Cathey.

The Pioneer Medical Clinic encourages all patients to continue to come see them.

“There may be a name change but it’s still the same place,” said Dr. Gene Cathey, M.D.

He added that the clinic is still the same place with the same staff and they are providing the same care as before.

Alisha Tenhet, FNP-C, is currently out on maternity leave but is still on staff at the clinic.

To help while she is out on maternity leave, Kellie Cauthen, nurse practitioner, is working on Fridays at the Pioneer Medical Clinic.

PCH-Choctaw, the hospital, has all services open and is eager to see patients.

A new part of the Pioneer team is Dr. Paul Bohnen, M.D. He is currently working in the emergency room and part-time at the Pioneer Medical Clinic.

Dr. Bohnen completed his medical training in Chicago and his residency in Tupelo in June.

“We have a job to do and we are here to provide a service,” said Dr. Bohnen.

“The people (staff) we have strive to give the appropriate care. We care for you here,” he added.

Bohnen also helps teach the Allied Health students during clinical at the hospital. He says he tries to teach the students things that are “appropriate to them” and to “make it interesting and practical.”

Pioneer Family Medical of Ackerman, the Choctaw Nursing Center and Pioneer Community Hospital Physical Therapy are all still open for business as usual.