Hometown health care: new Hanceville clinic open for business


Sabrina and Kenneth Nail, center, cut the ribbon to officially open Hanceville Primary Healthcare on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 / W.C. Mann

HANCEVILLE – On Monday afternoon, Sabrina Nail and her husband, Mayor Kenneth Nail, cut the ribbon to open Hanceville Primary Healthcare (HPH) for business at 1009 Main St. NW (Highway 31, north of Wallace State).  It was a symbolic gesture indeed, since patients had already been occupying examination rooms in the facility, just moments before.

Mayor Nail was joined by Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs and Good Hope Mayor Jerry Bartlett, along with Rep. Randall Shedd, R-Fairview, Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Karolewics, members of the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and Cullman County Economic Development, and representatives of the University of Alabama’s Small Business Development Center to celebrate the opening and cut the ribbon.

The facility has four examination rooms, offices and a small lab area, with substantial room for future expansion, which the owners intend to fill over time.

Owner Sabrina Nail said, “Hanceville’s considered an underserved rural area, and we need more health care.  We need to reach out to more people, and improve on our health, so we’re trying to create better access to health care. We love Hanceville; we want to see it grow.  We want to help its citizens and everything.

“We offer urgent care and primary care.  Our main goal is to prevent you from getting sick and going to the hospital, but we also treat those urgent needs, too.  If you come in with the flu, or if you cut your hand and you need stitches, we could actually take care of all those issues.

“We are going to treat indigent cases, as well.  We will take those on a case-by-case, and decide how we’re going to be able to help them with their health care.  We’re not turning away anybody.  We’re here; we had a calling to be nurses, and we’ve had a calling to help people in the community.  So that’s what we’re here for, to help out.”

HPH services will be overseen by a nurse practitioner, who can diagnose conditions and write prescriptions.  According to Sabrina Nail, it is the first clinic of its kind in Cullman County, and one of only a few in the state.  The staff includes Nurse Practitioners Stephanie Barnett (full-time) and Monica Phillips (part-time).  For issues beyond the scope of primary care, the staff has relationships with various specialists to whom they can refer patients.  Dr. Nancy White of Huntsville will be the clinic’s consulting physician.

“We offer more one-on-one basis,” said Sabrina Nail, “so we can really figure out what the needs are of people, and how we can help them physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.  We want to be there for our patients.  You know, a lot of people go to a doctor’s office, and they’re in and out in less than five minutes, and they feel like they haven’t been heard.  We are actually there to hear you.  We listen really good!”

To begin, Hanceville Primary Healthcare is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information or an appointment, call 256-887-1751, or visit www.hancevilleprimaryhealthcare.com or www.facebook.com/hancevilleprimaryhealthcare.