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New Era of Healthcare Attracts Family Nurse Practitioner to Willits


There’s a new era of healthcare happening in Willits as they open a brand new hospital and a medical office building later this year. These improvements have already brought in some benefits; attracting new clinicians to work in a state-of-the-art facility in a small-town atmosphere. This is true for Beverly Draudt, a board-certified family nurse practitioner who joined Redwood Medical Clinic (RMC) in September.  

Ms. Draudt is no stranger to Willits or northern California. She first moved to the area from northern Arizona in 2004. She has been caring for patients in Mendocino County for most of her time since then. She started out caring for patients at Mendocino Community Health Clinic and then moved to Ukiah Valley Rural Health Center. Most recently she has been working for Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital.

But what attracted her the most to Willits was the chance to be part of creating a healthier community in partnership with a hospital that has a great reputation for excellent patient care. “I like the small town setting, and the cultural diversity of people in the community. It’s exciting to be able to play a role in establishing a rural health practice that will work alongside Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) in creating a healthier community.”

She added, “What makes it even better is the great team at both RMC and HMH. To be able to provide care with the help of a friendly and talented staff and in the context of a small and supportive medical community is the icing on the cake.”

As a family nurse practitioner, Ms. Draudt specializes in caring for the whole family: men, women and children. Ms. Draudt evaluates and treats many conditions and offers a wide range of services, including preventative medicine, such as vaccinations and annual physical exams; management of ongoing chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension; and treatment of acute medical conditions. She has many years of experience in caring for women throughout the lifespan including pregnancy.  Asked what a patient can expect from her, Ms. Draudt says, “a thoughtful and thorough approach to their health issues, a willingness to listen, and an interest in partnering with them to provide care that truly meets their needs.”

“What I love about my job is that it allows me to meet and engage with so many different people in the course of each day. The job provides both an intellectual challenge and an opportunity to connect with people, so that I can hopefully make a difference in their lives,” she adds.

When she’s not busy taking care of patients, Ms. Draudt loves spending time with her daughter and her dogs and being physically active whether it’s swimming, camping, kayaking and traveling.

Ms. Draudt is now accepting new patients at 88 Madrone Street in Willits. To schedule an appointment please call (707) 459.6115