Personal experiences when he was a teen led Clark Roberts to a field where he could make a difference, helping those in need. He is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at Mainline Health System’s clinic in Eudora.
“After watching many close family members go through tough medical diagnoses when I was a teenager, I decided that this field was a calling and somewhere I could make a difference in my community,” Roberts said.
“While it is a challenging field helping those in need, you have a very large impact on someone’s life,” he said. “The long nights of studying and working hard through clinic hours is worth the reward of seeing the effect you can have on a single person for the rest of their lives.”
Roberts, who received his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello before earning his Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, said his professional philosophy is guided by Romans 12:13. “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Roberts is also inspired by his favorite quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I learn.” He believes a patient’s involvement in health care decisions improves the outcome.
“Involving patients in their care is a high priority to me and my job,” Roberts said. “Helping patients to understand why I choose the medication I chose and the treatments I choose is a very high priority to me. I want to involve the patient and their family in the decision-making process to ensure they feel they are heard rather than just told what to do. I have found that involving the patients in the decision-making process has much better outcomes than just telling them what to do.”
Born in El Dorado and raised in Crossett, Roberts remained in Southeast Arkansas because he has family and friends in the area. He recently moved to Lake Village to be near the Eudora clinic. “I found a home there with a community that is accepting and grateful for the services we provide.”
The clinic provides both medical and behavioral health services.
Roberts began his career in the health care field in 2008 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett where he was a nurse technician. He has been with Mainline Health Systems since 2019.
The father of a 6-month-old son, Dean, Roberts enjoys spending time with his family and hunting, fishing and playing tennis.
Mainline will host an open house at the Eudora clinic on February 25 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. when guests can visit with Roberts and other staff members, receive free health screenings, and enjoy refreshments.
The clinic is located at 579 East Beouff Street in Eudora.
For an appointment call (870) 355-2512. Office hours are from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. until noon on Fridays.