Providing quality care for both homebound and in-clinic patients
By Angela Rogalski
The Bolivar Bullet
Innovative Healthcare LLC brings quality healthcare to homebound patients and also offers a brick and mortar clinic to those who can come in. Founder and owner Meta Hodges-Anderson has been a nurse practitioner for five years, but has been nursing since 1993. She started Innovative Healthcare a little over a year ago because when COVID hit she saw that older patients weren’t able to get into the clinic due to the pandemic.
“I had been working for a community healthcare clinic for 15 years when the pandemic hit,” said Hodges-Anderson. “And, I saw that our older patients couldn’t come in, didn’t want to come into the clinic because of the Coronavirus. So, I began to do research on what I could do to help them. I found Telehealth of course, but many of the older people didn’t have access to a computer or didn’t have the technological knowledge to use one. And, due to the pandemic at-home healthcare was becoming even more prevalent, so I created Innovative Healthcare to accommodate the older patients. I called it ‘innovative’ because to me innovative means change and everything is changing. And, that’s my outlook on medical healthcare, everything is changing.”
Hodges-Anderson said once she began to talk to people and doctors from the area about what she was offering, they agreed there was a need for innovative healthcare and she began to get referrals.
“So Innovative Healthcare is now a clinic in Cleveland located within The Atrium at 303 Cotton Row, Suite 108, that also specializes in at-home personalized medical care,” said Hodges-Anderson. “What I do is come in and provide medical services that give the patient care in the comfort of their own home. I call it good old-fashioned medical house call services. Any medical care that we do in the clinic, I can also bring to the homebound patient’s home. Now lab draws, X-rays, home infusions; those types of services used through Innovative Healthcare are contracted to a third party. But, they can be performed in the home.”
Today, she has two medical collaborators within Bolivar County, a part-time receptionist and a phlebotomist in the clinic, and she said that because of them she’s able to travel with her medical services within a 75 mile radius.
“I cover Bolivar, Washington, Leflore, Sunflower, Humphreys, and Coahoma Counties,” she added. “I also work at Coahoma Community College as one of their licensed practical nursing instructors.”
At present, Hodges-Anderson is a one-woman show and keeps a very tight schedule between the clinic, the at-home personalized medical care services and her daily classes at Coahoma County Community College.
“But, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. “I love what I do. It’s something that moves and motivates me greatly. I love giving back to the community and to me my patients are priceless. And I do have another endeavor that I’m working on for the fall that will allow me to bring on another nurse practitioner.”
Hodges-Anderson is from Oxford and now lives in Renova. She and her husband, Pastor Tony G. Anderson, have three daughters: Maya, Jori and Abrea’.
“The at-home services are for qualified homebound patients,” she said. “And, there is a home health service that goes out once a week to see them that reports to me. I visit once a month as their medical clinic provider. And I take referrals from doctors, family members, or other patients.”
Innovative Healthcare’s clinic is opened Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ Innovative-Healthcare-LLC-Clinic where you can also book an appointment. Most insurance is accepted.