Originally published in The Jamestown Sun December 1, 2012
By Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun
Workers are installing countertops, cabinets and interior doors as construction on the clinic attached to the Jamestown Regional Medical Center winds down.
“We move on Dec. 26 and see patients in the new clinic on Dec. 27,” said Todd Hudspeth, president and CEO of the hospital. “Essentia Health moves beginning on Jan. 4 and is open for patients on Jan. 7.”
The move for the doctors associated with the Jamestown Regional Medical Center is short. They have been working from a modular clinic facility on the hospital grounds across the parking lot from the new clinic.
The move also provides the physicians associated with the hospital more space to work. The hospital staff currently includes physicians specializing in podiatry, obstetrics and orthopedic surgery. It also provides space for visiting specialists as needed.
“A lot more exam rooms,” said Cindy Gohner, vice president of clinical services. “We’ll go from 11 exam rooms that we share with the Veterans Administration to 22 exam rooms for our own staff.”
The Veterans Affairs clinic currently utilizes the same modular clinic as the JRMC clinic. It is scheduled to move to the new clinic building in February.
Essentia Health will be leaving its current location in downtown Jamestown.
“We’re very excited about the move,” said Dr. Scott Rowe, physician at Essentia Health. “It will not be too difficult. We’re taking so little equipment with us. We’re getting pretty much all new equipment at the new location.”
Rowe said the new equipment and the design of the clinic should improve the efficiency of the operation and the patient experience.
“The traffic flow (within the clinic) is so much more efficient given how we practice medicine now,” he said. “And it should be one visit for the patient for a lot of problems. That will be real advantageous for a lot of patients.”
The new clinic is attached to the west end of the JRMC building. This wing of the hospital includes the radiology department and labs that will be shared between the clinic and hospital.
“The ‘back door’ access to the hospital from the clinic will be convenient especially for orthopedic patients,” Hudspeth said.
The clinic is another step in a project that started years ago.
“The long-term goal has always been to have a complete medical campus in one location,” Hudspeth said. “We would like to see Sanford ultimately there also. Realistically, they operate two clinics now and they will want to consolidate sometime. It would be good to see that operation here.”
Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org