Bethesda offers primary–and specialty–care health services and programs. Today, about 285 primary care physicians and specialists, along with some 85 nurses, volunteer their services. Moreover, local hospitals provide ancillary testing on a rotating basis. The clinic’s professional medical staff and volunteer professionals are further supported by about 300 non-medical community volunteers.
BHC’s growth can be attributed to careful planning and the generous support of the community in Smith County. Volunteers and donors are our lifeblood, and the clinic is fortunate to have such a dedicated community to support its mission of providing top-quality health care to those in need in Smith County.
Primary Medical Services
Bethesda provides “first-contact” care for patients with any undiagnosed sign, symptom, or health concern. This can include health promotion, education, and disease prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of chronic illnesses.
Specialty Medical Services
These services include on-site specialty evaluation for gastroenterology, orthopedics, podiatry, nephrology, endocrinology, podiatry, gynecology, and general surgery, and off-site specialty referrals for ophthalmology, rheumatology, pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Allied medical personnel provide evaluation for PM&R such as physical therapy, chiropractic and diabetic education. Off-site x-rays (such as MRIs and CT scans) are also available on a limited basis.
Bethesda's Social Work Assistant helps patients obtain long-term medications. In 2012, medications for about 1,600 prescriptions were donated to Bethesda. The value of these medications was about $1.9 million.
Ancillary services offered by Bethesda include lab work, on-site plain film x-rays, EKGs, and pulmonary tests.