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New Nurse Practitioner in Centreville

The St. Joseph County Health Center has hired a new nurse practitioner, a move that allows it to begin stepping up its outreach efforts.
Center director Lynn Dobberteen said Jay Guikema started seeing patients Wednesday at the Centreville-based agency.
With Guikema on board, nurse practitioner Tami Millard will now have a chance to lead outside events, such as health fairs, clinics and dedicating time to the county’s homeless population. Millard will also have an opportunity to make in-home patient visits.
Dobberteen said Guikema, a 56-year-old Grand Rapids native, was hired through the Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal agency.
The county health center opened in late February. It specializes in treating the population that is underinsured or uninsured for primary health care, including mild to moderate behavioral health.

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