Hope Clinic sees change in medical director spot
by James Phillips
May 29, 2011 | 3409 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Thomas Holt and Dr. Sonja Pettus chat at a recent Hope Clinic reception at Olive Branch Restaurant in Jasper. - Photo by: James Phillips
Dr. Thomas Holt and Dr. Sonja Pettus chat at a recent Hope Clinic reception at Olive Branch Restaurant in Jasper. - Photo by: James Phillips
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Hope Clinic, which attempts to meet the medical needs of uninsured residents of Walker County, recently experienced a change in its volunteer medical director position.

Dr. Thomas Holt, who has served as medical director at the clinic for four years, announced his resignation from the position because he was relocating his medical practice to the Tallassee/Montgomery area. Last week, Hope Clinic held a reception and dinner at the Olive Branch Restaurant in downtown Jasper to honor Holt's service and to announce Jasper physician Dr. Sonja Pettus would be taking over the vacant position.

"We are sad to see Dr. Holt leaving us," said Don Goetz, president of the Hope Clinic board of directors. "He has done so much for Hope Clinic in his time here. He will be missed. We are also excited about Dr. Sonja Pettus coming onboard. We were at a point where we weren't sure about who would take the position, and she was more than willing to take it over."

Holt said at the reception that he is forever changed because of his time spent at Hope Clinic.

"If I have learned one thing at Hope Clinic it is that if each area will take care of its own that we wouldn't have a health care problem in this country," Holt said.

Hope Clinic provides medical care to the uninsured of Walker County. The clinic treats non-emergency chronic care conditions and also gives free medication from its fully-stocked pharmacy if it is prescribed by one of its doctors. Since opening its doors on Jan. 31, 2006, Hope Clinic has given out more than $10 million in prescription medicines and topped more than $12 million in services provided to the community.

"We have made a difference in many lives in the short time that we've been open," Goetz said. "We have a tremendous staff, a great board of directors and wonderful volunteers. With the help of those people and others, Hope Clinic has only just begun to help the people of Walker County."