For years, Macon native Dr. Demaura Russell has dreamed of giving back to her home community by helping local residents. On Tuesday, her dream came true with the opening of H.O.P.E. (Health, Occupations, Partnerships and Education) Regional Medical Clinic in Warrenton, housed in the former site of the Warren County Free Clinic.
The daughter of Kenneth and Pamela Hawkins, Russell is a 1998 graduate of Warren County High School.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Hampton University in 2002, and her medical degree from the Wake Forest University Baptist School of Medicine in 2010. Russell completed her residency training at Cabarrus Family Medicine in Concord.
Her career in medicine has included five years at Vance Family Medicine in Henderson. Russell currently works at Person Family Medical and Dental Center in Roxboro and is in the process of transitioning to full-time practice at the Warrenton clinic.
She credits Linda Worth, former Warren County manager, with suggesting the name for the medical facility during an information session about healthcare access during Worth’s tenure in that position. For Russell, the idea for the H.O.P.E. acronym summed up everything she wanted to accomplish through the clinic.
“I’m very interested in health. I want to provide jobs. I’m interested in partnerships with the schools and health department. (For) education, we have the local community college and the schools,” she said, noting potential job shadowing opportunities for Health Occupations students.
Russell believed that it was important to open her clinic in Warren County to address healthcare access disparities she observed growing up here, especially transportation issues. She knew of many people who had problems finding rides to medical appointments out of the county. Having a doctor’s office here would make it easier for local residents to receive the care they needed.
Russell described H.O.P.E. Regional Medical Clinic as providing primary care services for people of all ages. Services which will be provided include the following: physicals, including sports physicals; management of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and diabetes; acute care for problems such as colds, sinus infections and fractures; referrals for x-rays; women’s healthcare, including pap smears, most birth control options and referrals for mammograms; pediatrics, including well child checks, vaccines and circumcisions for newborns; and men’s health, including prostate exams, and diagnosis and treatment of other medical conditions. The facility also provides on-site laboratory services.
The clinic accepts private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and is working on grant options to assist uninsured and underinsured patients.
The medical staff includes two certified physician’s assistants, Latisha Patterson and Darleane Wilson, nursing staff Rachel Bice and Emily Palacio, Delia Rodriguez in the front office, and office managers Shantae Williams (a licensed practical nurse) and Patsy Rivers.
Russell is excited about the opportunity to provide care for the people of Warren County.
“I am happy to be back home,” she said. “Warren County is dear to my heart.”
H.O.P.E. Regional Medical Clinic, 546 W. Ridgeway St., Warrenton, is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. For more information, call 252-517-9090.