By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) recently held a reception to formally welcome to their staff, Dr. Theresa Blaine Payne. The reception was well attended by members of the Madison community as well as hospital staff, who showed up to support the new doctor.
Dr. Payne specializes in Family Medicine with an emphasis on Geriatric care. She is a staff physician at the hospital and practicing at the Family First Wellness Clinic on SW Dade Street. Payne started working in Madison at the end of May and says transitioning her practice here has her “completely spoiled.” Not only will the Family First practice be moving into a newly renovated building around the end of the month, but also with the grand opening of the new hospital (hopefully around the end of next month), Payne feels privileged to be here.
Blaine Payne has been married to Phil Payne for 30 years, who is a pilot for American Airlines. They have two children: Shane, 25, who works in finance in New York City and Sanders, 22, who just graduated with a finance degree from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers. The family is originally from Pensacola, but moved to Perry, where they have lived the past four years.
Accompanying Payne to the Madison healthcare system is Lisa Massey, RN. Massey will be assisting Dr. Payne as a Swing Bed Coordinator and Community Outreach Liaison from Tallahassee, bringing patients to the new hospital for care and rehabilitation. Massey’s job will be to meet with primarily geriatric patients and their families to determine if the patient is eligible for Madison’s Swing Bed Program at the new hospital, where care is given to those who are a step down from needing acute care, but able to be rehabilitated to function on their own.
Massey has worked in Tallahassee for the past two years, but worked at the hospital in Perry for the previous 20 years, where she met Dr. Payne. She has two boys: Garrett, 18, who will be starting FSU this fall and has plans of attending law school and Jake, 15, who is a sophomore at Chiles, a coxswain (captain) with the Capital City Rowers and has future plans of becoming a physician.
The grand opening of the new Madison County Memorial Hospital is scheduled to be Saturday, July 26. Payne and Massey are excited for the opening and to be part of the Madison County community and both say the only problem they anticipate having here is getting people to leave the new hospital because of how wonderful it will be.