BARBOURSVILLE - Cabell County's first direct primary care office, which treats patients based on a monthly membership rather than billing insurance, hosted a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony Wednesday in Barboursville's River Place Plaza.
The small, independent On Call Direct Primary Care - staffed by just a receptionist, a clinical nurse, and owner Dr. Wayne Myles - joins the rising direct primary care trend, now numbering a few hundred providers across the country.
Patients pay an up-front membership fee entitling them to unlimited visits with no co-pays and 24/7 access to Myles personally through his phone, cell or email.
Myles' totally-independent family practice does not bill insurance for any service, and has likewise opted out of Medicaid. He's worked in family practice since 1999, but this is Myles' first foray into the direct primary care model.
His day-to-day patient care remains the same as if the office were part of a larger health system, Myles said, and any service he can do in the office is covered under membership. This would include acute visits, annual wellness exams, lab testing, EKGs and skin biopsies. Myles is also an osteopathic physician, similar to a chiropractor, meaning he can also offer manipulation therapy, and can refer patients to outside specialists just the same.
The maximum On Call will charge is $150 per month for a family of five. Individual adults pay a flat rate of $75 per month.
For more information, visit the online website at https://oncalldpc.com/.
EXTREME AIR: Getting a little air was never this much fun. That's the goal of Extreme Air, a new entertainment destination at the Huntington Mall Complex.
Extreme Air is a place to jump, bounce, climb, dodge and generally get airborne. The new 45,000-square-foot fun emporium is expected to open its doors in late September, in a building formerly occupied by Toys 'R Us, according to Joe Bell, corporate communications director for the Huntington Mall.
Bell said Extreme Air starts with the concept of trampoline fun and takes it up a dozen notches.
"With the help of bouncing surfaces, visitors enjoy high-flying dodgeball and basketball, a foam pit and climbing wall," Bell said. "The facility has areas dedicated to high-altitude and low-altitude (for children under 44 inches tall) jumpers. They'll all be able to enjoy snacks and refreshments in the caf and coffee bar. Party rooms are also available for birthdays and other special occasions."
Pricing for High-Altitude fun is $14 per hour and $10 per hour for Low-Altitude jumpers. Special group packages will be available for schools and organizations.
To learn more about this high-energy trampoline park, visit online at www.extremeairwv.com.
BELLEFONTE PRIMARY CARE: Bellefonte Primary Care Wheelersburg has opened at 8991 Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg, Ohio.
The new practice is a member of Bellefonte Physician Services, which along with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) comprises the Bon Secours Kentucky Health System.
Bellefonte Primary Care-Wheelersburg is the practice of nurse practitioner Sara E. Reed. Reed joined the OLBH medical staff earlier this spring. The practice is located inside the building that also houses Bellefonte Urgent CareWheelersburg.
Reed earned her degree as a nurse practitioner from Chamberlain University and her bachelor's degree in nursing from Morehead State University. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Reed provided nursing care at Bellefonte Urgent Care-Wheelersburg and previously worked as a nurse at OLBH.
Bellefonte Primary Care- Wheelersburg can be reached at 740-981-3373. For more information on OLBH and Bon Secours Health System, visit BonSecours.com.