Meet the country doc of Levelland - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/10

Meet the country doc of Levelland

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –  Levelland is a strong medical community with Covenant Hospital in Levelland surrounded by five clinics and 10 full time physicians offering a wide range of specialties. 

However, there is one different kind of option in Levelland that provides a one stop shopping healthcare facility, particularly to those who are uninsured, called South Plains Rural Health Services.  It includes medical professionals, a pharmacy, a dentist, optometrist, and a licensed counselor, all under one roof on a sliding scale basis. 

If you went there 19 years ago, you might be surprised to see the girl who was the receptionist back then is still there today, but now she's treating patients. "And here I am! A lot of the patients I'm seeing are people I used to see 19 years ago when I started here. Some of the people I went to school with are my patients now and their parents and grandparents. It's a really close community and almost everybody knows everybody," said Garza. 

"I had a Mom that came to my house after the clinic closed. So and so was playing with pebbles and he put one in his ear and he can't hear anything. I had one of those otoscopes at home and i looked at it. It was huge! So I flushed it out with water. I think it's funny because she went to my house. And at the store they show you the spot so you can tell them in front of everybody what it is. I get that a lot," said Garza.

Beatriz is bilingual and has treated 11,700 patients from the Levelland area in the last three years.

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