October 02 2013

One year later, a new clinic prepares to open

Posted by Lucy

One year later, a new clinic prepares to open



The new Avera Medical Group (AMG)
Kennebec Area Clinic building arrived in town last Tuesday and the
finishing touches are being completed to prepare for it's opening
later this month.

The building arrived a couple of weeks
later than earlier expected.  Clinic committee member Herb Sundall of
Kennebec was happy and relieved after it finally arrived.

“It is a nice feeling to see it here
and sat down,” said Sundall last Friday from his office across the
street from the clinic location.

The building arrived a couple of weeks
later than earlier expected.  Clinic committee member Herb Sundall of
Kennebec was happy and relieved after it finally arrived.

“It is a nice feeling to see it here
and sat down,” said Sundall last Friday from his office across the
street from the clinic location.

The building arrived finished on the
inside with walls painted and floor covering already installed.  The
electricity, water and sewer lines have been connected and wires
pulled for telephone and internet connections.  The heating and
cooling system still needs to be installed.

“We need to get the outside work
done, like the entrance ramp and sidewalk,”said Sundall.  “Once
that's done it will be up to Avera to do the rest.”

According to Julie Friesz, Avera
clinic manager for the Chamberlain and Kennebec clinics, they're
working on connecting the new clinic to the Avera Medical Group
networking system. 

“We hope to go live by the middle of
October to test the system,” said Friesz. “And open by the end of
the month.”

Once the clinic is connected to the
Avera network,  health care providers will be able to access
patient's records on file at any Avera clinic or hospital.

Friesz said the e-consulting will not
be available right away. Funding for the equipment has not come
through as of yet. 

“We're applying for a USDA rural
health care grant,” said Friesz.

Furniture, medical equipment and
supplies will be moved into the building as soon as the entrance
ramps are completed. 

Teresa Longville, patient care
assistant, will staff the clinic on a daily basis once it opens and
perform patient services like she previously did at the former
Kennebec Clinic.

Health care providers serving the
clinic will be physicians assistant Sara Klein and Dr. Renee Schoeder
both are from Chamberlain.   Friesz expects each provider will be  in
the clinic one day per week.

Mellissa Zirpel, a nurse, who lives in
Kennebec and currently works at the Avera Clinic in Chamberlain will
assist the health care providers when they are at the Kennebec
clinic.

Sundall said the clinic committee plans
to hold  an open house and ribbon cutting later this month.

The former Kennebec Clinic operated by
Sanford closed September 14, 2012 and the building was moved out of
town in November. 

“I can't believe it,” said Teresa
Longville.  “Just a little over a year and we have a new clinic.
I'm so excited to get back to work!”






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