(Paragould, AR) Women left without an OB-GYN after theirs was arrested for taking nude pictures of patients, now have a Women’s Clinic to take care of them.
Dr. Paul Becton’s office, in the professional building adjacent to the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, was closed after his arrest last week.
The new clinic’s switchboard has been jammed since Monday with potential patients, all seeking pre-natal and post delivery care, as well as obstetrics and gynaecology.
Newborn Musiq McCay and mom Nicole are getting the follow-up care they need thanks to the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
“He’s a little bit over 48 hours now…very happy,” said Nicole McCay.
The not-for-profit hospital moved quickly to open a Women’s Clinic Monday after Dr. Paul Becton’s arrest.
Becton was the area’s only OB-GYN.
His practice was in the Professional Office Building adjacent to AMMC, but Shay Willis, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, could not comment on the charges against Becton.
“I’m really not at liberty to answer any questions concerning Dr. Becton, because obviously this is an ongoing investigation. I just want the Medical Center’s message to be clear,” said Willis.
That message is health care for women didn’t end with Becton’s arrest.
The new Women’s Clinic will serve people in Paragould and Greene County, as well as northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri.
“It is here to serve women who need OB-GYN care. It will obviously, for those women who are expecting, will provide pre-natal care. But it will also provide post-delivery care,” said Shay Willis.
Becton is accused of taking nude photos of patients without their knowledge.
Nicole McCay’s sister was days away from being one of his patients.
“My little sister was about to, but she winded up switching to another doctor in Jonesboro before she got seen by him.” said Nicole.
While Becton’s name is still on the building directory, Willis said women should no longer worry about their care and privacy.
“It’s a scary time for a woman sometimes when they’re expecting. And we want to definitely ease those fears and re-assure them that we’re here for them. And that we will be, from beginning to end,” said Willis.
Paul Becton is scheduled to be back in court in May 30th.
The Women’s Clinic is located at 1000 West Kings Highway, Suite 4 in Paragould, Ark.
The phone number is 870-239-8307.
Willis said the phone lines have been busy since the clinic opened and she is asking potential patients to keep calling.