Ohio Star

Block Number: 145

Ginger Todd


Keeley Duckworth, Director of Marketing of the McDowell Hospital, announced that the hospital is hosting four quilt blocks on the McDowell Quilt Trail. The McDowell Hospital is an affiliate of the Mission Health System based at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. Offices at Nebo, Glenwood and Old Fort will each have its separate block pattern as well as the historical Kanipe House, which serves as headquarters for the newly established McDowell Healthcare Foundation. Mission Hospital feels the blocks will further provide a symbol of connection and commitment to all the communities throughout our County and takes pride in being a part of the Trail.

On Friday afternoon, October 11, 2013, the first of these blocks, “Ohio Star”, was installed at the Mission Family Medicine Nebo facility. The Nebo office was established in December 2011 and brought quality medical care and services to the people in a part of our County that found it necessary to drive considerable distance to the nearest doctor for medical attention.

It is a full-scope primary family care practice providing laboratory and x-ray imaging services. Both Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Doctors Jeff L. Domingus, DO and Adam J.Kinninger, DO serve the office along with Physician Assistant Anya Parchuk. A “health coach”, Mary Ruth Hollifield RN, serves in the office as a monitor and counsel for high risk patients. A complete retail pharmacy, the McDowell Community Pharmacy, is located on site and open to the general public. The office averages around 45 patients per day ranging from 1 to 101 years old.

Dr. Domingus graduated from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, in 2008. He endeavors to provide his patients with quality care through a holistic and preventive approach. Dr. Kinninger also graduated from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and completed a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Kettering Sports Medicine Center and specializes in sports-related injuries. Both doctors completed their Residency at Grandview Hospital, Dayton Ohio. They became friends during their education and when the opportunity came up to practice in North Carolina, an area of the country they both found attractive and desirable, they moved from their home state of Ohio to McDowell County in June 2011. They have been the doctors at the Nebo Clinic since its opening that same year. Each is married with two children, enjoys outdoor activities and is active in their church and community.

Anya Parchuk, MHS, PAC, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C. and her Master of Health Sciences, PA Certificate of Completion through the Duke University Physician Assistant Program. She has certifications in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and previously served as a Registered Nurse. Ms. Parchuk also holds a medical Spanish certificate of completion.

Both doctors practice Osteopathic Medicine, which emphasizes the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body and its ability to heal itself. Osteopathic physicians are trained in the full scope of modern medical practice, may choose a specialty and may practice anywhere in the United States. Emphasis is on a holistic approach to treating illness and injury along with performing manipulative techniques. Focus is put on the patient’s health education, injury/disease prevention and the interrelationship between the structure and function of the body and its ability to heal itself.

“Ohio Star” is Block #145 on the McDowell Quilt Trail was installed by volunteer and artist Mike Lucas with the assistance of Alan Scholl and Jack Raker. The block is 3 feet by 3 feet, placed on the diagonal and may be seen on the front of the Nebo office at 339 Nebo School Road. The pattern was chosen as an appropriate tribute in commemoration of both physician’s home state and school. Ohio Star quilts date back as far as the early 1800’s and is a simple, yet elegant design that is often used for novice quilters. The pattern surged in popularity in the 1930’s and each new quilter generation discovers its adaptability in their creations by using many types of patchwork blocks and colors.

The State of Ohio is the 34th largest state by area and its name originates from an Iroquois word meaning “large creek” or “great river”. Ohioans are commonly known as Buckeyes, relating to the Ohio State Tree, the ornamental Buckeye tree. The glossy smooth brown nut with its prominent lighter circular “eye” is contained in a spiny hull and although poisonous, is considered by many as a good luck charm. The name originates from the Native Americans who observed that the seeds look similar to the eye of a male deer or “buck”.

Chairwoman Jill Lucas presented the Certificate of Authenticity to Drs. Domingus and Kinnerger along with the following who were also were present for the special occasion:
Gabriel Wiseman, Practice Manager; Jonathon Wood, Pharmacist; Teresa Wall, V.P. Practice Operations; Karen Moore, V.P. Marketing; Clint Stewart, V.P. Finance; Kathy Hefner, V.P. Patient Care; Megan Webb, Nurse, CMA; Heather Barrier, Nurse, LPN; Tootie Parker and Meleia Becker, receptionists.

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