DES MOINES, Iowa –Ottumwa Internal Medicine North and Ottumwa Family Practice and Specialties clinics are joining Mercy Clinics, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines and a member of Mercy Health Network, effective July 1, 2013. These two well-established practices have been important components of Ottumwa’s health care delivery system for many years.
As part of the transition to Mercy, the existing clinics in Ottumwa will be closed July 1-5 to facilitate training for staff. In addition, the Ottumwa Family Practice and Specialties Clinic will relocate to the existing Ottumwa Internal Medicine North Clinic, located at 1005 Pennsylvania, Ste.104, in Ottumwa. This newly combined clinic will be named Mercy Ottumwa Medical Clinic and will begin operations as a Mercy Clinic on July 8.
With the successful transition to Mercy, five physicians and five non-physician or mid-level practitioners will continue practicing in the Ottumwa clinic, along with clinical and office support staffs.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Mercy,” said Dr. Peter Reiter, medical director of the Ottumwa practices. “Mercy Clinics, Inc. is an organization nationally known for its outstanding quality, and for innovations in delivering primary care to patients. My partners and I look forward to the opportunity to grow and improve health care in Ottumwa with the support of such outstanding clinical and operational experts.
Dave Vellinga, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and Mercy Health Network, said everyone in the Mercy Family is equally pleased to have the Ottumwa physicians interested in a long-term relationship. “The more we get to know the physicians and other practitioners and staff in the Ottumwa clinics, the more impressed we are with their dedication to their patients and their community.”
Jim FitzPatrick, senior vice president for network development at Mercy, noted community support for the clinics will be essential to long-term success in Ottumwa, not just for Mercy but for the local physicians, mid-level providers, staff and the health care system overall. “We ask all the patients and families who have used these clinics and health care providers over the years to continue their loyalty through the transition. We are confident by working together, Mercy and the local physicians and others will make the excellent health care services, provided in Ottumwa for many years, even better.”
FitzPatrick said Mercy’s vision for the clinics in Ottumwa includes offering expanded services, such as longer hours, urgent care, and expanded laboratory and other ancillary services. Mercy also plans to recruit additional physicians to the Ottumwa clinic, and to invest in improving facilities and equipment.
Mercy is also looking forward to bringing innovations pioneered by Mercy Clinics more than a decade ago, including better ways to help people with chronic diseases maintain their optimal health, improve their quality of life and reduce their health care costs. Today, Mercy Clinics feature the use of health coaches, disease registries and other tools which have demonstrated real, measurable benefits to patients.