Dr. Mel Hodde to open clinic
Dr. Mel Hodde, D.O., is opening a new medical clinic in Pierce City on Dec. 11, at 101 N. Elm St.
Hodde, a physician with Mercy Hospital in Aurora, has 21 years of experience with emergency medicine.
The clinic will offer general practice medicine on an appointment basis.
"ER physicians have to be a Jack-of-All-Trades," Hodde said. "We treat newborns to centurions and everything in between."
Hodde said his preferred patient load is from six months up.
"I have a soft spot for geriatrics," he said. "Once we get established, people can come to us if they need something quickly, such as blood pressure or weight checks at no charge.
"Other typical testing services we will offer are urine analysis, strep screens and diabetic testing," Hodde said. "We will do simple stitches or staples here. For broken bones and more complicated procedures, we will make lab referrals on an outpatient basis."
Hodde said his approach to treatment encompasses the mind, body and spirit.
"With the body as a unit, you're not treating just a sore throat," Hodde said. "Chances are, when I am treating a person, I will discover an underlying ailment."
Hodde is also open to alternative medicines as opposed to more traditional physicians.
"Our goal is to help as many people we can," Hodde said. "I can also provide second opinions for patients if they will bring their medical records to me."
The clinic will have open blocks of time each day to accommodate for emergency issues that may crop up.
"There is also a lot of paperwork to fill out," Hodde said. "That provides the opportunity to get caught up during the day."
The clinic will have one full-time physician, Hodde, as well as seven staff members, including a licensed practical nurse and a medical assistant. Two part-time receptionists will round out the staff.
"God is leading us this direction," said Cheryl Hodde, his wife. "We are very excited."
Prices at the clinic are affordable to locals, in part, because the clinic won't accept insurance at the beginning of operations.
"We can print out a bill for services received and let the patient file for reimbursement," Hodde said. "We won't be charging as much for that reason. We also don't want people going in over their heads."
Hodde will also offer spinal and neck adjustments for those with chiropractic issues.
"I'm looking forward to providing integrated care for our residents," Hodde said. "This will allow for comprehensive and better coordinated care for our patients."
The clinic will offer e-prescriptions to the patient's preferred pharmacy, as well as formal after care instructions following each visit. Patient records will be kept electronically.
The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Hodde plans to extend clinic hours late one evening per week and is open to the possibility of accepting walk-in patients on Saturdays. They will accept cash, check, Visa, Master Card, Discover Card and debit cards.
Hodde is currently brushing up on his medical Spanish, as well.
"I have a medical book with Spanish illustrations," he laughed, "and my Spanish is okay."
For more information, visit www.drmelhodde.com