HJ/EDHerald Journal, Dec. 5, 2005

GRHS building new clinic in Lester Prairie

By Liz Hellmann
Staff Writer

Up-to-date equipment, longer hours, and better physician availability are some of the qualities Glencoe Regional Health Services are looking to incorporate into its new clinic in Lester Prairie.

A 14-acre plot of farmland in Lester Prairie has been purchased by Glencoe Regional Health Services from Hillard Klaustermeier for the clinic.

Glencoe Regional Health Services is in the process of working with the City of Lester Prairie to rezone the property from agricultural to commercial status.

Construction is slated to begin this spring, with the clinic anticipated to open in fall 2006.

The project is currently in the designing phase, according to Julie Schmidt, the vice president of Ancillary Services, the company responsible for the design.

“We want it to be a warm and personalized clinic with good patient and work flow,” Schmidt said.

Part of the designing phase includes evaluating equipment needs, which is one of the reasons the new clinic is being built.

Due to changes in health care, the two aging, existing clinics in Winsted and Lester Prairie will close, and health services for both locations will be available at the new clinic.

Along with a more up-to-date building and equipment, the clinic will be open five days a week. It will be staffed with one to two physicians during all operating hours.

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