Open house slated for Children’s Clinic of Rusk | News


The Children’s Clinic of Rusk will host their ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, February 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. In December 2017, the clinic started seeing patients in its new, state-of-the-art, 2,500 square foot medical clinic which features a patient friendly reception area, 6 exam rooms, a fully equipped diagnostic lab and nursing station. Located on Highway 69 next to the ETMC clinic, the clinic is decorated with bright primary colors and stocked with a host of puzzles, books and bead mazes. The clinic will offer Rusk residents and surrounding areas a convenient, quality choice for pediatric care for their children.

“The Children’s Clinic of Rusk will deliver excellent pediatric care to the Rusk community,” said Dr. George Fidone, a pediatrician at the Children’s Clinic of Lufkin and co-owner of the Children’s Clinic of Rusk along with pediatrician, Dr. Jeffrey Glass. “Typically, parents have to travel many miles to receive quality healthcare for their children. This new clinic will now be in their backyard and will offer the same excellent level of pediatric care that our patients have come to expect from the Children’s Clinics family.”

The clinic will be staffed by Jami Hicks, a pediatric nurse practitioner who recently graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. Jami has been training with Dr. Fidone and Dr. Glass for more than two years. Jami, a native of Rusk, is eager to begin taking care of children in her community under the supervision of Dr. Fidone and Dr. Glass. Jami is married with two children.

Also joining Jami at the pediatric clinic is Jody McClosky, RN who is also a Rusk native with more than eleven years of nursing experience. At the Children’s Clinic of Rusk, Jody will be responsible for clinic triage, referrals, preforming labs and administering vaccines. Jami and Jody bring a wealth of medical knowledge, extensive training, and great affection for their community and to the practice. They are dedicated to fulfilling our mission of growing healthy children to ensure healthy communities.

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, the clinic offers well-child visits, sick-child visits, which include same day appointments; school, sports and camp physicals, all childhood immunizations and vaccinations, and on-site labs and services. Same-day appointments, particularly for sick children are available. We accept the following insurance including; most commercial insurances, Superior Medicaid and Superior CHIP. Texas Children’s Medicaid and Texas Children’s CHIP, as well as private pay for patients who are out-of-network.

Chere Crocker, CEO of the Children’s Clinics Health System suggests that if parents would like to change from Amerigroup Medicaid to Superior Medicaid then parents must call 1-800-964-2777 or dial 211 from your cell phone to reach a representative. Next, choose Dr. George Fidone or Dr. Jeffrey Glass as your PCP to be seen at our Rusk location with Superior Medicaid or Superior CHIP.  Those patients with Texas Children’s Medicaid, Star or CHIP may choose the Children’s Clinic of Rusk as your PCP to be seen at our Rusk location. If you call before the 15th, your plan will be changed by the next month.  If you call after the 15th, the plan will not be changed until the following month.

The Children’s Clinic of Rusk will join the family of the Children’s Clinic of Lufkin which has been serving the children of Deep East Texas medical needs for more than 25 years. Other family clinics include the Children’s Clinic of Jasper, the Children’s Clinic of Woodville, and Angelina Pediatrics. Our mission is to grow healthy children to ensure healthy communities. We look forward to a bright future serving the children of the Rusk community.

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