Lincoln Family Medicine will join Bothwell Regional Health Center effective Aug. 1, bringing Bothwell’s number of family practices to six.
Lincoln Family Medicine, a primary care clinic in Benton County, is owned by Dr. Donald K. Allcorn, a long-time family physician.
Keith Morrow, Bothwell Clinic Operations vice president, said the clinic’s new name will be Bothwell Lincoln Family Medicine and that the merger has been in the works for over a year.
“Dr. Allcorn has plans to retire and we have a new family physician joining the team who wants to practice rural medicine,” Morrow said. “It is a win-win situation with the best part being that quality medical care will continue for Lincoln-area residents.”
While ownership of the clinic is changing, all employees, the phone number and the location at 302 S. Highway 65 will remain the same. In addition to Dr. Allcorn, staff includes an office manager, nurse practitioner, two licensed practical nurses, a medical assistant/phlebotomist and a receptionist.
“Through the agreement, Dr. Allcorn and his team will become Bothwell employees,” Morrow said. “He wants to stay involved for at least the next several months to ensure a smooth transition for his patients to the new physician and any new processes.”
Matthew Roehrs, D.O. will begin practicing with Allcorn in early fall pending Roehrs’ final Missouri medical licensure approval. Roehrs received a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013 from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 2018 from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri. He recently completed three years of family and community residency training at University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia. Roehrs is a Sedalia native, a Smith-Cotton High School graduate and the son of Dr. David Roehrs, chief radiologist at Bothwell Regional Health Center. He is married to Dr. Misty Todd, family practice and obstetric physician at Bothwell Cole Camp Clinic.
Morrow said the transition will be fairly seamless for patients who already know a change is coming.
“Dr. Roehrs is very familiar with the area and has trained specifically to practice family medicine in a rural setting,” he said. “He’s excited to meet and treat people.”
Morrow said there will be minimal other changes affecting patients, including that their bill will come from Bothwell Regional Health Center rather than Lincoln Family Medicine.
“We will also be connecting the clinic to Bothwell’s electronic medical records system, which will help with documentation efficiency and prescribing processes for staff,” he said. “This will allow Bothwell staff to see a patient’s clinic medical records if they visit our Emergency Department, are admitted to the hospital or see another physician within the Bothwell system, including the Walk In Clinic.”
Bothwell has two other family practice clinics in Benton County, Bothwell Cole Camp Clinic and Bothwell Health Center-Truman Lake in Warsaw. Family practice clinics in Sedalia include Bothwell Family Health, Bothwell Family Medicine Associate and Bothwell Eldenburg Family Practice.
For more information about Bothwell Lincoln Family Medicine, call 660.547.3915.