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Caduceus celebrates one year in Morrow Arts Clayton receives donation

Arts Clayton receives donation

Local officials congratulate Leela Barney, second from right, on a successful first year as owner of Caduceus Occupational Medicine in Morrow. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

Local officials congratulate Leela Barney, second from right, on a successful first year as owner of Caduceus Occupational Medicine in Morrow. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

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Elizabeth Gower of Arts Clayton, center, receives a donation from Leela Barney, right, owner of Caduceus Occupational Medicine in Morrow. (Staff Photo: Johnny Jackson)

MORROW — School and public safety officials gathered in the small reception room to help celebrate a one-year anniversary.

Dr. Stephen Dawkins greeted guests to Caduceus Occupational Medicine’s Morrow office as they joined the gathering Friday.

“Thanks for letting us take care of you,” said Dawkins, founder of Caduceus Occupational Medicine.

His company, established in 1999 in midtown Atlanta, provides medical management services to all-size businesses and employers. There are eight offices throughout metro Atlanta and franchises in Douglasville and Morrow.

Certified physician’s assistant Leela Barney opened the 2,500 square foot Morrow practice last summer. She previously worked under Dawkins, who posed the idea of her going into business.

“We viewed Morrow and Clayton County as a nice complement to what we offer,” Dawkins said.

The new office offers pre-employment physicals, drug screenings and physical therapy among other occupational health services.

“A lot of the clinical work we do is workers compensation versus health care,” Dawkins said.

“For the companies that we serve, they want someone who understands the job,” Barney added.

Caduceus clients are the companies they serve, such as Clayton County Public Schools, Clayton County Public Safety and concessionaires at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Barney said there are about 3,500 clients. She said the individual worker is considered the patient and her Morrow office attends to more than 30 of them each day.

Henry County Commissioner Bruce Holmes also paid a visit to the office Friday to congratulate Barney on a successful first year. Barney said she considering opening a franchise in Henry County soon.

Friday’s informal celebration included a special presentation, organized by the office marketing director, Glenn Duck.

Elizabeth Gower happily accepted Caduceus’ $250 donation on behalf of Arts Clayton.

“We’re just very thankful for the donation,” said Gower, the office manager at Arts Clayton and its children’s program director.

She said the donation will go a long way in helping support the organization’s mission to expose young people to art.

Gower pointed to the Arts Clayton Gallery and ArtVan programs.

She said the ArtVan, which got her to Friday’s presentation, facilitates the organization’s mobile art and literacy program. It offers after-school, hands-on enrichment to local students and has grown to become a vital component in the overall education of local youth.

“Art is in everything we do,” she said. “This is a way to improve their reading scores and to motivate them to stay in school.”

Barney said she was glad to donate to Arts Clayton and plans to continue to do it in the future.

“In some places arts is not at the forefront, but it (Arts Clayton) is still a place for children to get arts,” Barney said.