Posted 3/5/2018 in News
CENTERVILLE, Iowa – Officials at Mercy Medical Center – Centerville announced plans to break ground this spring on a $4.2 million medical clinic. The new clinic, a 16,000 square foot building will accommodate up to 15 practitioners and is scheduled to open by the end of the year.
The clinic will be located southwest of the hospital and will feature a single entry with centralized registration. The facility will be divided into three pods or areas with separate waiting rooms for primary care, specialist care and quick care. It will be attached to the hospital by a climate controlled connector to provide patients easy access to testing and diagnostic services. Currently patients needing lab work or radiology have to walk or drive across the campus to the hospital.
Hospital president Clint Christianson said the comfort of patients and staff is central to the new design. Administrators, clinical staff and physicians were closely involved with the planning. According to Christianson, the current clinic building is outdated and doesn’t have enough space to accommodate recruitment of new physicians. “Recruiting providers to rural communities like ours is always challenging, so having modern facilities is important to attract talented medical personnel to our community,” he said.
Once the new building is complete, staff and operations at the current clinic will be relocated to the new building. The clinic is phase one of a hospital master facility plan that includes major building construction and renovation of the hospital.
Mercy purchased Centerville Medical Clinic from the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in 2009. Mercy Medical Clinic provides family medicine with physicians and advanced registered practitioners that include primary care specialists in internal medicine and general surgery. In 2017, the clinic opened the area’s only Quick Care service expanding hours during the week and adding weekend hours for those with non-emergent conditions. The clinic employs 56 people.