Wagner Medical Clinic opens at new location
Wagner Medical Clinic relocated to its new facility at 3644 West Highway 18 in February. The new 17,000 square foot facility features a large, comfortable waiting room, 16 examining rooms, state-of-the-art equipment and technology, x-ray and lab facilities, rehabilitation services, a pharmacy and a commitment to the best health care available.
The new clinic is the largest, privately owned health care facility in the Delta Region area.
Dr. Tommy Wagner returned to his hometown of Manila following medical school in 2005 to open his family practice. It did not take long for him to outgrow the original building located on Manila Highway 18 bypass. The growth has come from the people of Manila and the surrounding area. Dr. Wagner is very appreciative of the support he has received.
Dr. Wagner is no stranger to building projects as this is the fifth clinic built in nine years.
Dr. Wagner also has a clinic in Lepanto. Dr. Andrea Read joined the Lepanto staff in 2012 and is in charge of Lepanto's Wagner Medical Clinic. Dr. Wagner is also partner with Dr. Kristi Statler in Lake City at the Riverside Medical Clinic.
Dr. Wagner had a vision of the health care facility to meet the needs of the citizens and the multi-million dollar project started over two years ago and has gone from a dream to reality. The clinic was built with commitments from St. Bernards to lease space to offer rehabilitation services, along with space for specialty physicians to rotate at the Manila clinic on a regular basis.
Currently there are specialists in general surgery, OBGYN (obstetrics/gynocology), OFSC (ear/nose/throat) and orthopedics to see patients at Manila. There is a possibility in the future for cardiology specialists to see patients. Wagner Clinic also will offer allergy testing through United Allergy services and is looking into putting in a helicopter pad.
There is room to expand, and Dr. Wagner said interest has been shown and it is very likely that additional health care providers will be located at the site within the next two years.
"It is all good for the future of our area," Dr. Wagner said. "My goal for the next five to 10 years is to push the envelope in advancing actual technology of health care. I want the same care for my patients they can get anywhere. With today's technology we can tap into the resources available. We need to be ahead. If we are not moving forward we will be behind."
The large facility also opened additional positions, and Wagner Clinic in Manila now has three APNs (advanced practice nurses) -- Dana Deaton, Heather Smith and Lacey Poe. There are three nurses on staff and two assistants, two medical techs and an x-ray technician, as well as the support staff. Kristi Neal serves as office manager.
"The weather put some delays on our plans but we were happy to get to move in February," Dr. Wagner said. "The staff did a great job. We are still working on the landscaping but I give credit to Mississippi County Electric Company for working so well with the move. We had a lot of challenges along the way. Allan Mahan Construction was over the construction process and Cromwell and Associates was the engineering firm. We tried to use local subcontractors when possible."
Dr. Wagner and his brother, Wes Wagner, also are partners in TW Enterprises, and in several other business ventures.
Dr. Wagner also is on the Farmers Bank board, a member of the Medical Society and on the Manila School board.
Dr. Wagner and his wife, Heather, live in Manila. They have a son, Ty, 11, and a daughter, Ella, 2 1/2.
Heather is a pharmacist and moved Wagner's Pharmacy to the new location. Joining her at Wagner Pharmacy Café and Gifts is her sister, Ashley Massey, also a pharmacist.
Pharmacy hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The café is something the Wagners added to the new location and is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cafe offers specialty coffees, and the menu includes sandwiches, bagels, lattes and much more.
"We are excited to add the café for our customers," Heather said. The business also carries a large variety of gift items.
Heather also is looking forward to offering a children's storytime.
"Parents can come in and enjoy a coffee while their children enjoy a special storytime," she said.
The menu and upcoming events will be listed on Facebook.com/WagnerRX.
Heather also is pleased to be able to offer additional jobs, giving young people an opportunity to work part-time.
Full-time staff includes Becky Flagg and Ashley Lasater. Part-time workers are Brianna Pannells and Kylie Henderson.
Once the concrete work is complete, Wagner Pharmacy will feature a drive-through window.
"We are looking forward to serving the community," Heather said.
An open house will be held in the near future.