Texas County Memorial Hospital has inked a four-year contract with Douglas Crase, MD, a family medicine physician, with ties to the hospital and community.
Crase will work full-time at the TCMH Family Clinic in Licking when he completes his family medicine residency program next June.
Currently Crase is attending Wesley Family Medicine Residency in Wichita, KS. He will offer complete family medicine and obstetrical care as part of his practice.
Crase has a certificate in radiological technology from Rolla Technical Center and a bachelor’s degree in radiography from Missouri State University. He is a graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
Crase is returning to the place where his career in healthcare began in 2000 as a radiologic technologist in the radiology department at TCMH. Crase worked for 11 years in the department, completing his undergraduate degree while working at TCMH.
“I enjoyed the time I spend working at TCMH and taking part in providing healthcare for the community,” Crase said. “I already have experience with the healthcare needs of the community, and I know the importance of physicians in the area.”
Crase noted that he “cannot count the number of times” he’s been asked if he’s returning to the area to work, and that was a primary reason that he considered returning to TCMH.
“I always wanted to work in a small town practice, and the Licking clinic definitely fits that goal,” Crase said.
Crase worked with and remembers longtime Licking family medicine physician, Dr. Eugene Honeywell, and he aspires to fill Honeywell’s shoes by providing care for all ages at the TCMH Family Clinic in Licking.
“The Licking clinic is a place where I can establish a practice and work for the rest of my career,” Crase said, adding, “TCMH and Texas County are a place I can call home.”
“We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Dr. Crase back to Texas County to work in the Licking Clinic,” Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, said. He noted Crase knows TCMH and the community well after his years of living in the area and working at the hospital.
Crase will see patients of all ages at the clinic, and he will provide complete obstetrical care, delivering babies at Texas County Memorial Hospital. Crase will also be on the hospital medical staff, caring for inpatients at TCMH.
Crase will work at the clinic with Whitney Hall, physician assistant at the clinic.
“Dr. Crase knows firsthand the impact a physician can make on the health of people in rural America, and the people of Licking have always been very supportive of their local clinic and healthcare providers,” Murray said. “We look forward to continuing to provide the full range of healthcare services to Licking and the surrounding area.”
Crase and his wife, Barbara, a teacher, will live in the area. They have two adult children—Isaac who lives in Edgar Springs and Kassandra who is in college.
For additional information contact the TCMH Family Clinic in Licking at (573) 674-3011.