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Open house held for remodeled Belle Plaine Medicine Clinic

By JUDY SCHLESSELMAN

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Deb Mescher, PA-C greets Dick Schild, Belle Plaine, during an open house at the newly remodeled Belle Plaine Family Medicine clinic June 10.

Belle Plaine Family Medicine showcased its newly remodeled facilities during an open house June 10.

The renovated clinic at 1010 Eighth Ave. now houses physician assistants Deb Mescher and Karl Holmes. It features separate exam areas for each provider, an emergency procedure room, four nurse workstations and an enlarged waiting room.           

Holmes joined Mescher at the clinic March 1 after remodeling was complete. He had been at Keystone Family Medicine 14 years when Iowa Health Physicians, which owns both practices, decided to close the Keystone clinic and transfer all staff to Belle Plaine.

Built in the early 1970s with $100,000 in contributions from the citizens of Belle Plaine, the clinic was originally named the Four County Medical Center. Dennis Upah and C.E. Douglas were the first physicians to occupy the facility.

A major remodeling project was undertaken in the early 1980s, funded by an $82,000 bequest from Millie Tarvestead, an Elberon woman who left the funds for a medical clinic in the community. A second furnace room, reception area and office were added to accommodate two physicians. The board in charge of the facility then gifted the clinic and the remainder of the funds to the City of Belle Plaine, according to Gene Severson, former medical board member.

Belle Plaine Family Medicine has been affiliated with St. Luke’s Hospital since the late 1980s and is now one of approximately 200 Iowa Health Physicians clinics in Iowa, according to Jan Wauters, clinic patient service representative.

Rent from the facility goes into an accrual account to pay maintenance and taxes. The operation is not funded by any taxpayer dollars, said current board member Ben Rhoades.

Garling Construction, Belle Plaine, built the clinic and was in charge of both remodeling projects.

UPDATED June 15, 2010 9:44 AM

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