Hometown dream come true

by Eric A Thomas

One thing is for certain for Molly Dolen Taylor. Helping people is a priority. She’s turned that priority into a profession and has made the desire to bring it all back home a reality.

Molly Dolen Taylor’s journey back home to Winchester began when she decided to pursue the field of nursing. Once she graduated MacMurray College with her BSN in 2006, she started as an RN in the emergency room at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital (Passavant Area Hospital at the time). After that she worked seven years as a flight nurse with the Air Evac Lifeteam. During that time, she attended Maryville University where she received a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a family nurse practitioner. Since graduating with her MSN in 2013, she has worked for Memorial Medical Center and Urgent Care. “I continue to work PRN [pro re neta, or as the need arises] with Memorial and am grateful for the opportunity to serve patients in the Chatham and Springfield area. The experience I have gained is tremendous,” states Taylor. She has also worked PRN nurse with Mid-America Emergency Physicians Services for Jacksonville Memorial ER.

During the pandemic, it became clear to Taylor that Winchester could use medical care for the community. “It has been my dream for years to medically serve this community and my heart told me it was time,” Taylor remarks. On October 15, the dream finally became reality as she opened Elite Health and Wellness, located just east of Winchester at 1 Nichole Dr. and situated behind the Winchester EMS building.

When setting up the clinic, Taylor designed it outside the box. The clinic is cash basis only and offers a multitude of services. As they do not take insurance, there are no co-pays, allowing Taylor to keep the pricing very low and affordable. While they do not accept insurance, they do accept most HSAs (Health Savings Accounts). Wholesale pricing for labs and some medications available through the clinic are also a benefit. “By operating through a direct primary care practice model, it focuses on the patient, not leaping through hoops with insurance. By doing this, we build a close relationship and spend less time on insurance specific tasks,” Taylor says.

Elite Health offers direct primary care, urgent care, school, sports, DOT physicals and aesthetics. Patients can become a direct primary care (DPC) member. This gives you access to Taylor 24/7 via text, email or direct calling – and she will offer same-day or next day appointments for members. Telemedicine is also available if a patient is unable to make it to the office.

DPC members pay a monthly membership fee, which includes 95% of the care provided: well visits, sick visits, urgent care visits, phone consults and in-office lab draws. Medications, labs, outpatient X-rays and CT scans are examples of services not included in the membership fee. DPC provides transparent pricing so there are no hidden fees. Urgent care is available to non-members and the prices are listed on their website, www.elite-healthandwellness.com.

To schedule an appointment with Taylor, you may call 217-282-8033 or email mtaylor@elite-healthcareandwellness.com. Find them on Facebook at “Elite Health and Wellness.” Taylor makes her home with her husband, Bryan, who is also a Winchester native, and their two sons, Maddox (8) and Isaac (13).

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