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Nexus Pain Center conducts official open house

The Nexus Pain Center of Albany, open since May 20, held its official ribbon-cutting and open house earlier this week. The center came about as the result of a partnership between Nexus Medical Holdings, LLC and Dr. Joe Matthews, who is currently the sole physician in the practice. (Jennifer Parks)

The Nexus Pain Center of Albany, open since May 20, held its official ribbon-cutting and open house earlier this week. The center came about as the result of a partnership between Nexus Medical Holdings, LLC and Dr. Joe Matthews, who is currently the sole physician in the practice. (Jennifer Parks)

ALBANY — The Nexus Pain Center of Albany officially established its presence with a ribbon-cutting and open house held at the clinic Tuesday.

The center, located at 2810 Meredyth Drive, Suite 100, opened its doors to patients on May 20. It came about as a result of a partnership between Dr. Joe Matthews and Nexus Medical Holdings, LLC.

“I’m very excited about what we are doing here,” Matthews said at the ribbon-cutting. “(At the center), we do all the things that can help people.”

Officials say Nexus Pain Center specializes in helping people overcome their chronic and acute pain through medication therapies and interventional methods — which include highly specific epidural injections, radio frequency ablations, spinal cord stimulators, intrathecal pain pumps, and/or therapeutic facet joint blocks to relieve specific types of pain. The center treats pain conditions in the lower back, head, neck, thoracic, abdominal and groin areas as well as neuropathic, central pain syndromes and mixed pain disorders.

“We really take care of people and get them going again,” Matthews said.

Such pain can be caused by any number of things, including a car accident from several years back, or an old football injury from high school.

“Dr. Matthews is there to ask a series of questions, and he can fix you,” said Tommy Barnes, director of business development for Action Med Surgical. “There are other people in the area who do this, and we mean them no ill will. We can’t have too many (pain centers).

“Our goal is to not just serve Albany, but all of Southwest Georgia. We want to reach out to all communities.”

Barnes also said that, since the center has been open, it has gotten “ahead of projections” in terms of its patient base. Officials did not provide exact figures.

Nexus Medical Holdings, LLC, established in 2006, is the parent company for the center. Over the last six years, the company has opened six new centers.

“Nexus Medical Holdings is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the greater Albany community and work with such a compassionate and talented physician as Dr. Matthews,” said Nathan Cumbie, Nexus Medical Holdings CEO. “(The partnership came about when) we learned of Dr. Matthews’ skills and how great he was with patients, and we were looking to expand into the Albany area.

“We saw we had a mutual interest and decided to work together.”

Matthews, a board certified anesthesiologist, provided anesthesiology and pain management care in the Albany area for more than 16 years prior to joining Nexus earlier this year. He attended the University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he received his medical doctorate in 1992, and later attended the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., where he completed an anesthesiology residency in 1996.

Until recently, Matthews had been doing his job both part-time and full-time. The new partnership with Nexus allows him the opportunity to devote himself to his practice full-time, he said.

“They do the business part, and I do the doctor part,” he said.

There is a staff of six at the center with just Matthews serving in a physician capacity, but there may opportunities for expansion down the line.

“We anticipate expanding in the future,” the physician said. “We will bring on more providers (as the patient base gets bigger).”