|Dr. Jessica King|
Cox Medical Center Branson is welcoming Jessica King, MD, CMD. Dr. King’s time will be dedicated to caring for residents of two area nursing homes.
“Our providers are excited to work directly with a CoxHealth physician who has proven expertise in managing the complex medical conditions that many of these skilled nursing facility patients may have,” said Cox Branson Chief Medical Officer Brian Clonts, MD. “We believe that Dr. King will be a tremendous asset in providing excellent care for the patients discharged from Cox Medical Center Branson to one of these facilities.”
Dr. King, who grew up in Mountain Grove, attended medical school at University of Missouri - Kansas City. She completed her residency at Cox Family Medicine Residency in Springfield and is family medicine board certified.
She explained that when she completed her medical training, she didn’t anticipate working only in nursing homes. However, Dr. King said, when opportunities arose and she found herself dedicating more and more time to care at nursing homes, she fell in love with the idea and realized the value of having a physician in the nursing homes.
“For the past three years, I have focused all of my attention on nursing home residents,” Dr. King explained. “I have provided care for patients who are there for rehab as well as those who reside there fulltime, whether they are too elderly or too ill to care for themselves.”
She said during that time, she realized how important it is for providers to be in nursing homes providing care.
“When I’m in a nursing home on a regular basis, I am able to get to know the patients and staff and I can understand each patient’s health better,” she said. “I believe the better I know a patient, the better care I can provide for them. If they do fall ill, I can intervene quickly and often keep them out of the emergency room or hospital. Having someone present, to take care of our nursing home residents where they are and where they live, that is huge.”’
Dr. King will be seeing patients at Forsyth Nursing and Rehab, in Forsyth, and Tablerock HealthCare, in Kimberling City.
Dr. King and her husband, Derek, have an 8-month-old daughter, Olivia. In her free time, Dr. King enjoys kayaking, reading, traveling and kickboxing.
For more information about Dr. King, call 335-7128.