Ripley's free clinic looks to grow

By Lena Mitchell | NEMS Daily Journal

RIPLEY – The Koons Care Clinic is seeking space to expand after just a couple months of operation.
Randall Koon on Friday asked the Tippah County Board of Supervisors for use of a county-owned building into which to move operations. He founded the free health clinic in honor of his late wife, Glenda, and son Bradley, who both died of cancer.
In the three months the clinic has operated, it already has served 39 patients, 37 of them Tippah County residents, Koon said.
The clinic is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month, and has been using space donated by Sav-A-Life on Bails Road in Ripley.
Need in the community is great, Koon said, and they would like to extend hours to either a second weekend each month or longer hours on the same Saturday.
“Our only stipulation for anyone who comes is that they sign a form saying they do not have health insurance,” Koon said.
The space needs for the clinic include a couple of exam rooms, a waiting area and possibly a room for lab work if they can obtain grant funding to add the service.
The clinic’s director is Dr. Susan Cappleman, a doctoral level nurse practitioner. Her husband, Dr. Troy Cappleman, and Dr. Charles Elliott serve as clinic preceptors. All three work at the Primary Care Clinic of Ripley, but donate their services to the free clinic, as do other service providers.
Clinic officials have identified some county-owned properties that might be feasible for the move, among them a house behind the hospital that was recently vacated.
Supervisors authorized Koon to get the key to tour the house and see if it is suitable for the clinic and report back by the mid-December board meeting.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com