Dr. Nathaniel Brown, Bolivar County coroner, will serve as the medical director of the newly established Taborian Urgent Care Center.
"We are absolutely elated to have Dr. Brown serve as our medical director. He is so well respected and well known, not only in this area, but also around the country and he has hit the ground running. He has been available on a consistent basis to offer advice, support and direction. He is a true asset," said Margo Brooks, president and CEO of TUCC.
"Unbeknownst to me, Dr. Brown had been approached a few years ago about serving as our medical director. We had never spoken about him coming on board with us until our Grand Opening Celebration in April," she added.
"Even then, I thought he simply wanted to be a part of the staff. As I said, we have had numerous physicians who have expressed an interest in working here but we were concerned about who should serve as the medical director. When Dr. Brown came by a couple of weeks ago, it was a ‘done deal’ — we knew we had the right person," continued Brooks.
She said she received a number of applications but she knew that Brown would be a perfect match for the position and for the center.
"Other individuals are so impressed with all the center has to offer. Weekly, new doctors and nurse practitioners stop by and express an interest in working at TUCC. We've also had one nurse practitioner from Texas who was visiting the area, knew the history of Taborian Hospital and volunteered to work here a few days each month. We will engage several physicians and nurse practitioners on a part-time, contractual basis," said Brooks.
"I am convinced that working here is not just about having a job but rather having a heart for this project. Our intention is to build a ‘team’ of people who value the history as well as our future and people who are committed to bringing the best possible healthcare resources and adding value to the lives of people in this area. Dr. Brown represents all of that," she added.
Brown is not a stranger to the facility, from 1980 until the center closed in 1983, he served as a physician there.
"I believe Dr. Brown will bring integrity, a spirit of excellence, and a level of compassion that goes beyond simply being a service provider. I have already found that there is never a time that I call him and he is not responsive. I have also found that Dr. Brown has a loyal patient following. We are not yet open and his patients are calling for appointments," said Brooks.
Brown said he is elated to come back home.
"I was born in Mound Bayou and I have a vested interested in the well being of Mound Bayou. I am so excited about serving in this position and I am happy to be in such a wonderful place," he said.
He was also recently selected as the Regional Medical Director for the Mississippi State Health Department, covering a nine-county region.
He will begin his service in this position on July 14.
The center has employ 27 individuals including doctors, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and many other positions.
Taborian will be the second largest employer in Mound Bayou.
TUCC is one of the area's first fully credentialed urgent care centers in the region and will support the current healthcare services offer throughout the Delta.
An opening date for the facility has not been announced.