Doctors join forces at family medicine practice
David Jones, long-time practicing D.O. in Baldwin City, joined forces with Dr. Kevin Hughes at the Family Medicine of Baldwin City practice on Friday.
According to a spokesperson, the move will help provide the community with the medical services it needs.
"Dr. Jones joined the family practice with Dr. Hughes Oct. 1, which was Friday," said Janice Early-Weas, director of community relations for Lawrence Memorial Hospital which owns the facility. "The way I understand it, Dr. Jones and his two employees are employed by LMH and practice out of Dr. Hughes' office."
Talk of the practices joining together surfaced in mid-summer and discussion had been ongoing since. But, the final move happened quickly.
"I did happen pretty quick," said Early-Weas. "I was surprised by it, too."
With the doctors joining forces, she believes it will be good for Baldwin City.
"It definitely will be," she said. "Baldwin City is a good market for us. We like to keep those Douglas County ties. We've had a great relationship with the community with Dr. Hughes. This just strengthens that.
"I think it was one of those things that made a lot of sense," said Early-Weas.
LMH operates practices in other area cities, such as Tonganoxie and Eudora, and the addition of Jones to the mix will do nothing but help.
"I don't anticipate seeing any big changes," she said. "Dr. Jones' patients will be receiving the same care, just in a different office. I think it will make it easier for the doctors. They'll be able to back each other up.
"It adds another doctor to the rotation we have in the area," said Early-Weas. "To have Dr. Jones in the community will be good because they'll be able to help each other out."
The practice is located 406 Ames, in the Medical Lodge complex.