Dr. Joseph C. Drumm recently joined the Mainline Health Systems staff, bringing with him a professional philosophy of compassion and benevolence.

“A physician must remember to empathically treat ‘patients’ and not ‘diseases,’ as our gifts and illnesses do not make our identity, but are instead part of us — inseparable and not of our choosing,” Dr. Drumm said, explaining his professional philosophy.

“We cannot yet cure or eliminate all disease and suffering, but every human can benefit from compassion and benevolence,” he said.

Drumm attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

He provides a wide range of psychiatric services by referral in Southeast Arkansas to children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population. He will diagnose and treat patients with ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, depression, anxiety (generalized, social, OCD, panic), PTSD, alcohol and substance use disorder (outpatient), eating disorders, neurocognitive disorder (dementias), insomnia, conversion disorders, and somatic symptom disorder. His special professional interests include sports psychiatry, eating disorders, innovative care and research, mood disorders, and psychosomatic medicine.

Healthcare is about the whole person

Healthcare is about the whole person, not about one aspect, according to Allan Nichols, executive director of Mainline Health Systems, Inc.

“Your physical health affects your mental health and your mental health affects you physical health,” Nichols said. “A huge (number) of people we knew weren’t getting this help they needed. Whether it was because of stigma, monetary reasons or not having transportation. There was a breakdown between primary care and behavioral health.”

Nichols said that was a barrier that could be eliminated with commitment and financial resources.

Behavioral health is bigger issue than most believe, according to Nichols.

“If you are a diabetic that won’t take (your) medicine, that is a behavioral health issue,” he said. “There is a reason they are not being compliant and taking their meds to get better.”

Nichols said Mainline Health Systems wants what is best for the patient in all aspects of care.

Dr. Drumm currently works at Mainline’s clinic in Dermott, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon. He will soon be working at Mainline’s clinic in Monticello, likely two days a week, and is in the process of discussing the potential for telepsychiatry services elsewhere.

Originally from Michigan, Dr. Drumm moved to Southeast Arkansas from San Antonio. He resides in Monticello.

When he isn’t working, Dr. Drumm plays the guitar, bass guitar and drums, and enjoys boating, fishing, traveling, weight lifting, reading, music, movies, art, sports cars and muscle cars and learning. He also loves animals and has a teacup Yorkshire Terrier.

To make an appointment with Dr. Drumm, contact Mainline Health Systems – Dermott Clinic at 870-538-3355. Appointments are made through referral by a physician.