Making a Difference: Tracy Haddix
For Nurse Practitioner Tracy Haddix, Health Care is a Way of Life
According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center, less than 50 percent of Americans feel they can trust the recommendations and information given by their doctors. However, a study by the National Library of Medicine indicates that those who find a dependable medical provider end up living healthier lives and making better lifestyle choices. As such, finding a trustworthy health care provider is a vital decision now more than ever.
For Tracy Haddix, RN, MSN, FNP-C, providing trustworthy health care is her way of making a difference in the world – and her patients love her for it.
“I want everybody to be in the best health they can be in,” she says.
That desire is all the more potent because in the nearly 30 years that Haddix has been working in the health industry, 26 of those were spent as a bedside nurse before she became a nurse practitioner at the Knox Winamac Community Health Center (KWCHC).
“Working the emergency room and ICU as long as I have, you see every aspect of life,” Haddix says. “I don’t want my patients to be the person I’ve seen in the ER, and in bad shape because they didn’t take care of themselves.”
According to Tracy Haddix, the best way for a person to take thorough care of their body is through preventative medicine methods. For many patients, she draws a parallel between regular health checkups and routine car maintenance.
“You don’t wait for the engine to blow up before you change your oil,” Haddix says. “You need to take care of your body before something bad happens.”
Through promoting healthy lifestyle choices and recommending blood work at annual checkups, Haddix is able to help most patients avoid the worst medical emergencies.
Of course, preventative measures are not always possible in Haddix’s line of work.
“Most of the time people don’t come until something’s already wrong,” she says. “Then you have to try to control or heal.”
Because most sick patients have urgent complaints, Haddix and the other practitioners at KWCHC always try to work those patients in and give them care as quickly as possible.
One of the most satisfying aspects of working at KWCHC for Haddix is the ability to be active in her hometown of Knox.
“This is a way I can work in my community and give back,” she says.
Tracy Haddix is currently accepting new patients, and is certified to administer CDL (commercial driver’s license) physical examinations. Knox-Winamac Community Health Center is located at 1002 Edgewood Drive in Knox. For more info on services and to schedule appointments, call (574) 772-6030 and visit kwchc.net.