Mercy Clinic recently welcomed an internal medicine physician who will provide temporary coverage until a permanent provider is recruited.
Dr. Mark Weissman cares for patients of all ages at Mercy Primary Care in Healdton.
According to a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges, we will face a potential shortage of 124,000 physicians nationwide by 2025. The report shows that Oklahoma has the eighth lowest number of physicians providing patient care per 100,000 population in the United States.
These shortages are most felt in rural communities.
Across the country, about one in four people live in rural areas, but only one in 10 physicians practice in those areas, according to the Office of Rural Health Policy.
Because of the potential physician shortages, especially in rural communities, Mercy has made a strong commitment to recruiting new physicians and providers.
“We are working hard to recruit new providers to the Healdton community,” said Jeremy Jones, administrator of Mercy Hospital Healdton. “We want to provide access to care for our community so that medical needs can be met here, close to home. We are thankful for Dr. Weissman and his commitment to fill our temporary need, but we are hopeful we will be able to announce a permanent provider in the near future.”
To make an appointment with Dr. Wiessman at Mercy Clinic Primary Care Healdton, 3472 Hospital Road, please call 580-229-0079.