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SoutheastHEALTH holds groundbreaking ceremony for Jackson primary care clinic

SoutheastHEALTH held an official groundbreaking at the new Jackson primary care clinic site at 2600 E. Main St. The 11,652 square-foot clinic will include 10 patient exam rooms, one procedure room and a retail pharmacy with a drive-through window. The clinic will also feature on-site x-ray, ultrasound and lab services.

Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Southeast-HEALTH, said the new facility is slated to open in December and will be the new home for primary care physicians Jamie Harrison and Dr. Joey Starke. The clinic will also be operated by advanced practice registered nurses and support team members.

Both Harrison and Starke are Jackson natives who will now practice in the city where they grew up and went to school. “This is a testament to their commitment to the community of Jackson,” Bateman said. “Dr. Harrison asked me quite a while ago if we could consider doing something in Jackson, because she wanted to practice in the town she was raised in.”

Southeast Primary Care’s goal with the project is to substantially increase Jackson resident’s access to high quality care and supporting services, all in one conveniently located facility. Bateman added that the facility was designed with the patient in mind, with added emphasis on experience, efficiency and technology. The clinic was also designed to accommodate future expansion of up to 20,000 square feet.

The building is being built by Penzel Construction of Jackson and was designed by BatesForum architecture firm, which has offices in St. Louis and Springfield.

SoutheastHEALTH has been part of the Jackson community since 1990, when the first outreach office outside Cape Girardeau was established. Today, Southeast’s presence in Jackson includes the Southeast Convenient Care clinic and HealthPoint Fitness and Rehab.

Other SoutheastHEALTH primary care clinics are located in Cape Girardeau, Dexter, Malden, Bernie, Sikeston, Perryville, Poplar Bluff and Bloomfield. Additionally, a new primary care clinic in New Madrid is scheduled to open this spring.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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