Internal Medicine Services

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI)

The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative is a multi-payer initiative which promotes the collaboration between public and private health care payers to improve primary care.  Medicare, along with commercial and state health care plans, is working with primary care practices to help deliver higher quality, better coordinated, and more patient-centered care.

Primary care is a key point of contact for patients' health care needs.  The Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative's focus is to improve care coordination, making it easier for clinicians to work together, and helping clinicians spend more time with their patients while improving quality and reducing cost.

Practices were selected through a competitive application process based on their:

  • Use of health information technology
  • Ability to demonstrate recognition of advanced primary care delivery by accreditation bodies
  • Service to patients covered by participating payers
  • Participation in practice transformation and improvement activities
  • Diversity of geography, practice size and ownership structure

How does this affect St. Bernards Clopton Clinic patients?

Better management of care for patients with high health care needs: Patients with multiple or serious medical conditions typically need more support to ensure they are getting the medical care they need.  St. Bernards Clopton Clinic has added Care Coordinators to help the physicians deliver intensive care management for patients with high risks.  By engaging patients in their care and treatment, we can work together to create a plan of care that will individually fit each patient's circumstances and values.

Improved access to care: Unfortunately, health care needs and emergencies are not restricted to office operating hours. St. Bernards Clopton Clinic has staff available to patients 24/7 with real-time access to patient data and personal health information.

Encouragement of preventative care services: Our care teams are proactively assessing patients to determine any needs they may have in order to provide appropriate and timely preventative care. 

Getting patients and their caregivers involved in their health care: We are encouraging patients and their caregivers to be more involved in their healthcare decisions by providing education and one-on-one time with Care Coordinators.

Improving the coordination of care across the medical neighborhood: Our care teams are currently working with patients, caregivers, and other health care providers involved in the patients care to ensure appropriate decisions are being made for the patient's well-being.

St. Bernards Clopton Clinic Internal Medicine Care Teams

Shelia Morgan, RN Care Coordinator
(870) 932-1198 ext 377
Physicians: Dr. Rick Tate and Dr. Mark Wood
APRN: Tammy Hawkins

Sheila Millay, RN Care Coordinator
(870) 932-1198 ext 346
Physicians: Dr. Ben Owens Jr. and Dr. David Pyle
APRN: Valari Landrum

Tami Philhours, RN Care Coordinator
(870)932-1198 ext 343
Physicians: Dr. Donald Guinn, Dr. Revel Porter, and Dr. Rebecca Osborne
APRN: Starla Emery

Natalie Engelken, RN Care Coordinator
(870) 932-1198 ext 334
Physicians; Dr. Corey Diamond and Dr. Veryl Hodges
APRN: Amanda Hendrix

In-House Laboratory

St. Bernards Clopton Clinic operates a state of the art, full service laboratory. The CLIA certified laboratory performs testing in the areas of hematology, coagulation, chemistry, special chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, and serology. The laboratory is open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, and is located on the 1st floor of the 300 Carson building.


Diagnostic Imaging
St. Bernards Clopton Clinic’s radiology department provides high quality digital diagnostic x-rays, which are available for immediate review by our physicians. The radiology department is staffed by registered technologist.

Bone Densitometry
Bone Densitometry testing is a non-invasive procedure conducted in our radiology department. This test is used to evaluate a patient's risk for osteoporosis. It is also used to determine a patient's response to osteoporosis therapy. The procedure is painless and requires approximately 10 minutes to perform.

Cardiovascular Ultrasound
The cardiovascular lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) and offers testing by ARDMS registered technologists in the following modalities:

  • Adult Echocardiography
  • Carotid Doppler
  • Venous Doppler