CT technologist Mike Hixson drawn to Baptist Clay to treat friends and neighbors
One day, it’s a friend from Hibernia Baptist Church.
The next day, it’s someone Mike Hixson knows from Sunday afternoons watching his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.
Or, he’s greeted in a local restaurant by a patient who recognizes Mike and raves about her experience at the Baptist Clay Medical Campus.
Mike, a CT technologist, knew he’d be shaving his daily commute down to 5-mile roundtrip from his Eagle Harbor home once Baptist Clay opened in May. That was certainly a plus.
Just as important was the opportunity to work close enough to home that he’d be caring for the friends, neighbors and smiling faces he sees around town.
Those are the people that have made Fleming Island such a welcoming home since the Hixsons relocated from Guam in 2007. Mike was driving into Baptist Jacksonville for work every day and his neighbors were doing the same for CT scans and MRIs, ultrasounds and mammograms — all tests that can now be done right here on Fleming Island.
“I want them to get the best care possible and I want them to come here because I know they’ll be treated right,” Hixson said.
In his first month at Baptist Clay, he saw a grandmother, her daughter and her granddaughter, all for various ailments. It’s an example of the family atmosphere in the area — and the ranges of
services available. Having an emergency center that specializes in adults and children is a huge relief for Mike and his neighbors.
“They’re so happy they don’t have to go anywhere else,” Mike said. “That was probably the one complaint people had about living down here, that health care wasn’t available.
“We can’t say that anymore and I’m glad to be a part of it.”